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The Conference: An Evening with… LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES
Bizet learned the singular transparency and colour of the French vocal line from Gounod. A comic opera that was a forerunner of verismo, Les Pêcheurs de perles is an ode to the exotic sensuality that was common in the second half of the 19th century.
The Conference: An Evening with… LA CENERENTOLA
La Cenerentola exemplifies the essence of Rossini’s vocal style with exceptional force, a bel canto inherited from the great ancient forms and the fabulous singers of the past. Rossini takes it to an unequalled level of excellence… to be (re)discovered as soon as possible!
The Conference: An Evening with… DON CARLOS
An immense fresco, Don Carlos is one of Verdi’s greatest works. In 1867, at the peak of his fame, he plunges into a legendary political and historical theme, with psychological portraits of rare dramatic intensity that challenge the spectator…
The Conference: An Evening with… LA SONNAMBULA
Deeply endearing, this light drama by Bellini contains all the resources of Italian singing of early Romanticism. A maestro of bel canto, he wraps his gentle melodies in an absolutely stunning musical setting. An immersion in sublime vocal style.
The Conference: An Evening with… ALZIRA
A little-known work by Verdi, Alzira deserves more than perfunctory listening. The maestro’s shortest opera is an exploration of all the musical and dramatic resources that created to his reputation as the “genius of Italian opera”. A real discovery!
The Conference: An Evening with… LAKMÉ
Exotic and perfumed with the Orient, Lakmé is one of the rare works of Léo Delibes still staged today. It contains authentic musical marvels of great vocal virtuosity that are well-known, but also reveals a magnificent orchestral texture, typical of French opera.
The Conference: An Evening with… NABUCCO
Nabucco is not just the work of a choir that became famous for its beauty and patriotic emotion. It is a key opera in Verdi’s dramatic journey that we should re-read in the context of History and the passage from bel canto to the musical fresco.