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    Like so many other composers of the time, Bellini wrote several songs in the "romanze da camera" style. Within the song cycle 'Sei Ariette', published by Ricordi, we can find Per pietà, bell'idol mio, completed in 1829. It's based on a poem by Metastasio, written in C minor, marked as 'allegro agitato'. Part of the material was later used in the opera Beatrice di Tenda.



    Per pietà, bell'idol mio,
    non mi dir ch'io sono ingrato;
    infelice e sventurato
    abbastanza il Ciel mi fa.

    Se fedele a te son io,
    se mi struggo ai tuoi bei lumi,
    sallo amor, lo sanno i Numi
    il mio core, il tuo lo sa.



    We can compare with the same poem, but with the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:


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    Default greatest moments of recorded opera on screen

    Thanks to youtube we are blessed with some unforgettable moments of screened opera.

    I would nominate:

    Leotyne Price in Aida at the Met 1985 singing O Patria Mia

    Renata Scotto at the met singing the final scene from Sour Angelica (maybe 1981?)

    Monserrat Caballe singing Vissi D'arte

    Renata Scotto singing "Sola Perduta Abbandonata"

    Any others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yashin View Post
    Thanks to youtube we are blessed with some unforgettable moments of screened opera.
    Not quite what you had in mind but I can't resist



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    I think this is fabulous:





    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Fantastic interview with Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne about breath support and technique.
    -Ian

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    Apologies if this has already been posted but I've found the whole of Carmen on YouTube featuring *a certain German tenor* and Anita Rachvelishvili who is singing the role at Seattle Opera next month.

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    Videos of "a certain German tenor" are always welcome!

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    La Straniera is not a frequently staged opera. However, it was very popular in Italy after its premiere in 1829 (with Henriette Méric-Lalande, Caroline Ungher, Domenico Reina and Antonio Tamburini), for more than half a century. At the end of the 19th century, it just dissapears and, except for a couple of performances at La Scala to celebrate the centenary with great singers like Gina Cigna, Mario Basiola and Francesco Merli, it was not revived.

    Fortunately, Montserrat Caballé and Renata Scotto sung the opera in the 1960s, saving it for oblivion.


    Henriette Méric-Lalande

    The plot, quite complicated, present us a woman, Alaide, living in Brittany hiding her face (she is la Straniera, the Stranger). Arturo, engaged to Isoletta, is obsessed with the stranger, in spite of the warnings from his friend, Valdeburgo.

    Valdeburgo, however, is no other than Alaide's brother. Alaide herself is the second wife of the bigamous King of France, and is waiting the death of the first spouse of the French sovereign.

    Arturo thinks he has killed Valdeburgo in a fight, and when he reappears, he promises to finally marry Isoletta. When news of the death of the Queen of France arrives, the true identity of Alaide is unclosed and Arturo, in desperation, stabs himself.

    Like always in italian melodramma, all those vicissitudes are just the excuse to get to play the character's emotions, shaped and fostered by a wonderful music.

    In La Straniera, Bellini offers us a restrained musical portrait, elegant, delicate. The long bellinian melodies are here witdrawed, almost timid, and ensemble numbers acquire an unusually strong presence.

    This is a very good recording:



    Though Arturo (Bellini wanted Rubini to sing the role, what he did in 1830) is the most expansive role, is Alaide who gets the most beautiful music. Let's hear the aria "Sono all'ara... Ciel Pietoso... Or sei pago, o ciel tremendo", at the end of the opera, in the voice of four great singers:







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    Tomorrow is the first performance of the Met's new Anna Bolena with "the other Anna" in the title role. I've been watching all of the YouTube clips from the Vienna State Opera's production earlier this year. Based on these, it's too bad that Elina Garanca had to drop out of the Met performances -- she and AN are really marvelous together. Oh, how I hope one of these versions is released on DVD!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Tomorrow is the first performance of the Met's new Anna Bolena with "the other Anna" in the title role. I've been watching all of the YouTube clips from the Vienna State Opera's production earlier this year. Based on these, it's too bad that Elina Garanca had to drop out of the Met performances -- she and AN are really marvelous together. Oh, how I hope one of these versions is released on DVD!

    Both are, I think. The Vienna one will be released in November and the Met one will probably be released sometime next year, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Not quite what you had in mind but I can't resist



    I had not renewed my interest in opera at the time, but I do remember hearing about this. What caused the booing? From the tiny bit I could hear in the clip, he didn't sound so bad.

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    Default Kristine Opolais Rusalka

    Here is a clip of Ms Opolais in Rusalka from Munich.


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    I just discovered her last week and I'm in love with her voice.
    I just can't stop listening to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    Both are, I think. The Vienna one will be released in November and the Met one will probably be released sometime next year, I think.
    More good news for Amazon. More bad news for my bank account.

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    A romanza from Spanish zarzuela.

    El Huesped del Sevillano, by Jacinto Guerrero, premiered in Madrid in 1926. The romanza is "Mujer de los ojos negros", sung by one fantastic tenor from the same period of the premiere, Miguel Fleta:


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