Special: 4 tenors from Malta

Special: 4 tenors from Malta

Today is the birthday of  tenor Joseph Calleja, the latest star in an illustrious line of successful tenors from the small island of Malta. In celebration of him and those before him, we present a special on tenors from Malta this month. Four tenors are featured, listed below in order of birth ...

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Bellini, Norma and Bartoli

Bellini, Norma and Bartoli

Bellini's musical training was first within the family then continued under Nicola Zingarelli at the Naples Conservatory when he became thoroughly familiar wwith the works of Haydn, Mozart and... ...

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Recollections of Hipólito Lázaro

Recollections of Hipólito Lázaro

Lázaro looked somewhat like the stereotypical Latin leading man, as popularized in the twenties and thirties. My father says that he befriended Lázaro from the thirties to around 1950, in which year he retired. ...

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Cavalleria Rusticana: an alternative analysis

Cavalleria Rusticana: an alternative analysis

Whether you see it for the first time or the twenty first time, my warped account may make it ... well ... different for you. ...

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O Don Fatale

Don Carlo

A supremely gifted mezzo-soprano can make a career out of singing the the great Verdi mezzo roles – Azucena in Il Trovatore, Eboli in Don Carlo, and Amneris in Aida. Eboli presents a an especially challenging role for the singer who portrays the spurned princess.

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Ella giammai m’amò

Ella giammai m’amò

‘Ella giammai m’amò’ (from Don Carlo) is the most moving and poignant aria that Verdi, or for that matter anyone except perhaps Mussorgsky, ever wrote for a bass. King Philip controls half the world, but his family and his church defy him. He’s made one of life’s greater mistakes – he’s married a much younger woman.

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