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The Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's "Magic Flute" sung by Albina Shagimuratova at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano

 

Soprano Diana Damrau sings 'Der Hölle Rache', the famous Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute, with Dorothea Röschmann as Pamina.

Pace, pace mio Dio

Anna Netrebko as Leonora sings 'Pace, pace mio Dio' aria in Christof Loy's production of Verdi's sweepingly ambitious opera on war, religion, love and fate.

La forza del destino is one of Verdi's most ambitious scores. Its overture - which introduces us to the sinister motif signifying Fate - is one of his most memorable. The opera also contains some of Verdi’s most brilliant choral writing, including Act III’s stirring ‘Rataplan’ chorus, and several beautiful and intimate arias such as Leonora's ardent Act IV 'Pace, pace mio Dio!'. There's comedy too with the scenes for the greedy monk Fra Melitone. Christof Loy's colourful and spectacular production reflects the kaleidoscopic nature of Verdi's opera, where intense personal dramas play out against a background of war, and in which religion plays an ambiguous role.

Verdi and his librettist and friend Francesco Maria Piave based La forza del destino on Ángel de Saavedra's highly dramatic play Don Alvaro, o la fuerzo del sino, and also incorporated material from Schiller's Wallenstein's Camp for Act III's military scenes. Following Forza's 1862 St Petersburg premiere, Verdi made extensive revisions to the score. The most substantial of these were a new overture, and a less melodramatic ending, in which Don Alvaro remained alive rather than committing suicide. The revised Forza, the version best known today, had its premiere on 27 February 1869 at La Scala, Milan.

Rompo i Lacci

Anthony Roth Costanzo - Handel: Flavio, HWV 16 - Rompo i Lacci

 

Tilda Swinton is up to her beautifully bizarre tricks in a new music video she co-directed with partner Sandro Kopp. The six-minute video arrives just ahead of the release of Swinton’s new movie, Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria,” and is set to an aria by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, with composition by George Frideric Handel. In it, Swinton’s Springer Spaniels are featured performing tricks and running through the wilderness in slow motion.

Agitata infidu flatu

Delphine Galou sings 'Agitata infidu flatu' from Antonio Vivaldi's 'Juditha Triumphans'
www.accademiabizantina.it

 

Short Movie Director: Marco Boarino
Short Movie Associate Directors & Production: Setteventi

Performed by Delphine Galou with Accademia Bizantina
Ottavio Dantone, conductor
with:
Delphine Galou, Alto
Alessandro Tampieri, Andrea Rognoni, Lisa Kawata Ferguson, violins I
Ana Liz Ojeda Hernandez, Paolo Zinzani, Mauro Massa, violins II
Diego Mecca, Alice Bisanti, altos
Mauro Valli, Paolo Ballanti, cellos
Nicola Dal Maso, double basses
Tiziano Bagnati, lute
OTTAVIO DANTONE, harpsichord, organ and conductor

 

Fabio Mercurio, styling
B.B. hair stylist & Makeup

 

Location: Convento di San Francesco, Bagnacavallo (RA), Italy
Art Installation: About Dreams by Collettivo Magma

Thanks to:Daniele, Comune di Bagnacavallo (Ra) - Italy

Recorded by:
ALPHA CLASSICS - Feb, 2017

T.G.I.F.

Vittorio Grigòlo performs O dieu! de quelle ivresse from Jacques Offenbach's: Les Contes d'Hoffmann.

 

"But what pleasure the show has given over the decades, and what a marvellous frame it has provided for a succession of memorable tenors in the title-role from Placido Domingo to Alfredo Kraus and Rolando Villazon. To that line the name of Vittorio Grigòlo can now be added. He acts with terrific fervour as both the drunken wreck of the exordia and the ingenuous patsy of the central episodes, making the conflicted character deeply sympathetic ( ) he tossed off the Kleinzach ballad with witty élan and rose expansively to the ardour of Oh dieu, de quelle ivresse and the duet with Antonia (...) his is a rare vocal talent matched to a star personality." THE TELEGRAPH

 

Jacques Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann recorded at Royal Opera House London on November 15th, 2016

 

Ô Dieu! de quelle ivresse
Embrases tu mon âme!
Comme un concert divin
Ta voix m'a pénétré!
D'un feu doux et brûlant
Mon être est dévoré;
Tes regards
Dans les miens ont épanché leur flamme,
Comme des astres radieux
Et je sens, ô ma bienaimée,
Passer ton haleine embaumée
Sur mes lèvres et sur mes yeux.

Addio, mio caro bene

G.F. Händel (1685 - 1759)
Duetto Arcane & Clizia: "Addio, mio caro bene" from opera "Teseo" HWV 9

 

Mezzo-soprano - Natalia Kwałek
Countertenor - Jakub Józef Orliński
Conductor / 1st violin - Stefan Plewniak
Ensemble - Il Giardino d'Amore

 

Addio, mio caro bene
Addio, dolce mia vita
Io parto
Or vanne
Addio
Parto ma parto in pene che teco resta ognor questo mio cor.
Breve sia la partita poi farò pago allor il tuo desio.
Addio, etc.