Sara Scuderi

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oddjobman
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Sara Scuderi

Postby oddjobman » 11 Feb 2016, 07:25



She was one of the artists featured in the excellent documentary "Tosca's Kiss" about the residents in Casa di Reposo for retired opera singers. One of the most moving moment was when she was sitting in the room listening to her own recording. Just om case you haven't watched the video:


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LaGioconda
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Re: Sara Scuderi

Postby LaGioconda » 14 Feb 2016, 13:24

rarely have I heard a more thrilling and alive version of this aria. Very much catches the NARRATIVE character of this aria.


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Re: Sara Scuderi

Postby Geoff » 17 Feb 2016, 01:12

I have known of Sara Scuderi since before she appeared in the DVD - 'Tosca's Kiss' ( which I recommend to all opera goers, but which is noticeably cut from the original documentary). It centres on the retirement home in Milan - Casa Verdi - provided (initially by Verdi) for the retirement of former opera singers and other musicians who have fallen upon hard times in their old age. It is a most moving tribute to those who have given their all to their art and who have been left with nothing. When I go to Youtube in search of Scuderi, I find a tenor of considerable ability - Aldo Ferracuti - (the duet from Cavalleria Rusticana) apparently 1907 - 1981, - of whom I can find nothing else. It seems to me that such artists who have given their all (a) to earn a living and (b) to entertain the likes of you and me, only to pass on into oblivion, deserve much more than this. If anyone knows any more of tenor Aldo Ferracuti, please share it with me.
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Geoff.

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Re: Sara Scuderi

Postby TifosoBonisolli » 17 Feb 2016, 02:20

A lot of information can be found on Ferracuti. His biography is in Kutsch-Riemens and hence on Operissimo: http://hosting.operissimo.com/triboni/e ... =ferracuti. The invaluable Robert Johannesson has his discography: http://78opera.com/files/ARTIST_F.pdf. And Ferracuti participated in two films, both of which are in full length on Youtube: Lucia di Lammermoor, where he sings Arturo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVU0YvCWJ1Y; and a fictional film called "Casa Ricordi", where an astounding lot of opera singers participated (plus Marcello Mastroianni): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fmNhslVL4U. (The full cast, with the mention of Ferracuti, is only to be found on IMDB, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046833/ful ... t_ov_st_sm.)

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Re: Sara Scuderi

Postby oddjobman » 17 Feb 2016, 04:21

Geoff wrote:I have known of Sara Scuderi since before she appeared in the DVD - 'Tosca's Kiss' ( which I recommend to all opera goers, but which is noticeably cut from the original documentary).
Can you provide more information on the original documentary?
Thanks

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Re: Sara Scuderi

Postby Geoff » 17 Feb 2016, 21:42

TifosiBonisolli: I am greatly indebted to you for this information, thank you very much indeed. I make no secret of the fact that I'm not overly computer literate and together with other interests (sporting, political, literature, to say nothing of family) in many instances, I haven't the patience to ferret these things out so I'm always grateful when someone like yourself gives me a guiding hand. In addition I have to admit that I'm not solely devoted to the voice. Various other instruments, the piano in particular, take me wandering along all sorts of pathways and I have to admit that until the advent of this forum I was, in terms of vocal interest, away with the fairies! So, once again, my thanks.

Oddjobman: I dearly wish that I could help you out, but........
I first saw the the complete documentary on BBC TV a few years before 'Tosca's Kiss' was issued and I believe that it was then put out under the title of 'Casa Verdi'. How I wish that I had recorded it in its entirety. However, we shouldn't grumble and when 'Tosca's Kiss' came out, I snatched at it. Not much is missing as far as I recall and it's a treasured DVD. How much better it would be if the producers could be persuaded to do a 'Casa Verdi re-visited'. Who would we discover who is currently residing there ?
Regards,
Geoff.


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