Tag Archives: Bellini

Norma in HD

David McVicar’s new production of Bellini’s masterpiece opened the Met’s current season last month. It was telecast last Saturday, Oct 7. I was in one of American Airline’s iron maidens for most of that day and part of the next and missed the live show. So I took in the rebroadcast today. McVicar’s staging is…


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I Puritani at the Met/ Nicolai Gedda Dies

Last night the Met presented its first performance of its revival of Bellini’s I Puritani. This show was much anticipated mainly because of Javier Camarena’s first appearance in New York as Arturo, one of opera’s most challenging roles. I listened to the Sirius broadcast of the opera and thus can only comment on the music…


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Casta Diva

‘Casta Diva’ from the first act of Bellini’s Norma is one of the most beautiful and taxing of the great bel canto arias. Its long line requires sublime control on the part of its interpreter as well as a rich and beautiful sound. Below are 12 interpretations by sopranos known for the role and some…


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Michael Spyres Sings Bellini’s A tanto duol From Bianca e Fernando

Michael Spyres is probably the best tenor now active never to have sung at the Met. This aria is in dog whistle country. In case the video disappears a link to it is below. A tanto duol Spyres


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La Sonnambula Returns to the Met

When I was studying music at Williams College my professor Robert Barrow, the chairman of the department and a figure of magisterial austerity, said that whenever he went to the Met to hear Wagner he always demanded a seat behind a post. I can’t remember if the old Met really had a seat behind a…


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Bellini at the SFO – Photos by Robert Cahen

Here are some photographs of the current production of Bellini’s I Capuleti E I Montecchi at the San Francisco Opera. They were kindly provided by the distinguished opera photographer Robert Cahen.


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Bellini in San Francisco

On Wednesday evening, Oct 3,  the San Francisco Opera presented Bellini’s infrequently performed I Capuleti ed i Montecchi (misspelled in the program – they left out the d – though I have often seen this spelling used). This is the second time the opera has been mounted by the company – it has yet to reach the…


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Recording of the Week: La Sonnambula

Sports is as much of a meritocracy as can be found. Opera, alas, does not come near to sports in using skill and ability as the determinant of success. If opera were anything close to a meritocracy Raúl Giménez would have sung more than just 11 performances at the Met – Almaviva in Rossini’s Barber…


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La Sonnambula in HD

Mary Zimmerman’s new production of Bellini’s gentle masterpiece which was booed after its first performance at the Met was sent all over the world today. And it wasn’t the worst thing since Jacopo Peri. It wasn’t even in the same league of awfulness as Calixto Bieito or Robert Wilson. It was just ordinary silliness. Part…


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Zimmerman Booed at the Met

Bellini’s La Sonnambula received its first performance tonight in Mary Zimmerman’s new staging. Much has been made of her decision to move the opera’s locale from a Swiss village to a New York rehearsal hall. Considering her assault on Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor it seemed foolish to bring her back for another shot at a…


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