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Finale 21 – Lucrezia Borgia Prologue

Renaissance Italy’s infamous poisoner, at least in her operatic incarnation, was the subject of Gaetano Donizetti’s 24th opera (give or take a few, even the composer himself wasn’t sure how many operas he wrote). It’s a fine work that has received just one performance at the Met. That was in 1904 with Caruso in the…

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Montserrat Caballé 1933-2018

The great Catalan soprano died Oct 6. She came to international fame when she substituted for Marilyn Horne in a performance of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall. Though her voice was basically lyric in character, she was able by virtue of a secure vocal technique to sing bel canto roles, the big Verdi parts,…

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