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Opera Profile: Bellini’s ‘La Sonnambula’ (Watch)
Bellini’s penultimate opera “La Sonnambula,” which premiered on March 6, 1831, often gets a bad wrap due to its plot. But no one can deny the magical qualities of the music. This is Bellini at his most melodic. The work has been a favorite of numerous divas of the bel canto repertoire, including Maria Callas, who championed the opera extensively. Short Plot Summary Elvino and Amina are to get married.…
In Review Stage Reviews
Royal Opera House Muscat 2017-18 Review – La Sonnambula: Rosa Feola Triumphs As Famed Bellini Heroine
Bellini's "La Sonnambula" is one of those operas whose fame does not transfer to enough performances and often does not result in a good performance due to difficulty in casting or because it relies on the leading soprano. Written to showcase Giuditta Pasta, one of the greatest divas of the time, the title role of Amina is known for its technical challenges which require the soprano to have complete command…
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3 Surprising Roles in Ildebrando D’Arcangelo’s Repertoire
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, born on Dec. 14, 1969, is one of the world’s most renowned Italian bass-baritones. Since his auspicious debut in the early 1990s, he has been a leading singer around the world, appearing at major opera houses under such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Seiji Ozawa, among many others. He’s become one of the Mozart singers of our time, dominating such works as…
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7 Operas That Maria Callas Rescued From Obscurity
Maria Callas is arguably THE greatest opera star in history. Born on Dec. 2, 1923, the Greek singer (who was born in New York City) would become a turning point in the history of the art form, with some going so far as to claim there was a period “Before Callas” and one “After Callas.” Leonard Bernstein called her “The Bible of Opera.” Obviously transcendent figures cause great polarization and…
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Three Moments of Pure Musical Genius From Amelita Galli-Curci
Amelita Galli-Curci, born on Nov. 18, 1882, was one of the greatest singers of her era and continues to be revered as one of the finest of all time. And it isn’t hard to see why. Her technique was impeccable and to this day she remains one of the shining examples of exquisite vocal phrasing and overall polish. Just pop in a recording from this singer and all you get…
In Review Stage Reviews
Teatro La Fenice 2017 Review – La Sonnambula: A Risk-Taking Diva & Production Elevate Bellini’s Musical Genius
Bellini’s pastoral opera "La Sonnambula" made a welcome return to La Fenice, in a revival of Bepi Morassi’s 2012, widely-acclaimed production. In this outing, conducted by Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Irina Dubrovskaya played the role of Amina, with Shalva Mukeria as Elvino and Roberto Scandiuzzi as Rodolfo. The minor roles were undertaken by Julie Mellor as Teresa, Silvia Frigato as Lisa and William Corrò as Alessio. Bel Canto in Extremis In…
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Natalie Dessay’s Four Unforgettable Roles
Natalie Dessay may have retired from the opera stage, but her art continues to live on. And while she admits to never having felt comfortable on the stage, her performances show otherwise. Born on April 19, 1965, OperaWire takes a look at some of her unforgettable roles on stage. Olympia in 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann' The role of Olympia was perhaps the one that brought Dessay acclaim and shined a bright international…
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Two Great Mezzo-Sopranos Who Sang Bellini’s ‘La Sonnambula’
Bellini's "La Sonnambula" is one of the most popular operas in the Bel Canto repertoire and one that many coloratura sopranos have embraced on stage. On March 6, 1831, the opera had its world premiere with Giuditta Pasta in the title role. Pasta was known as a soprano sfogato which is designated to a contralto who is capable—by sheer industry or natural talent—of extending her upper range and being able to encompass the coloratura soprano tessitura.…
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Vienna State Opera HD Preview 2016-17: Juan Diego Flórez, Daniela Fally & Luca Pisaroni Star in ‘La Sonnambula’
On Friday, Jan. 13, international audiences will get a chance to check out some of the world’s greatest singers perform Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” live from the Vienna State Opera as part of the company’s live stream offerings. The performance, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. local time (that’s 1:30 p.m. for people on the East Coast in the U.S. and 10:30 a.m. for those on the Pacific Coast) will feature…
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Artist of the Week: Daniela Fally Celebrates 10 years at Vienna State Opera As Bellini’s ‘La Sonnambula’
Bellini's "La Sonnambula" is one of the most popular Bel Canto works in the repertoire and one of the touchstones in the coloratura soprano repertoire. The work features the famous sleepwalking scene and the daunting finale cavatina "Ah Non Giunge." This week Daniela Fally takes on the role for the first time in her career at the Vienna State Opera. Austrian-born Fally has become one of the most in-demand coloratura…