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Vannina Santoni  soprano
Saimir Pirgu  tenor

Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège Orchestra
Paolo Arrivabeni  direction

They were Violetta and Alfredo, two lovers separated only in death, onstage here last winter. This season, they are reunited for a recital of arias and duets, on the theme of love, of course.

Vannina Santoni, Saimir Pirgu
Vannina Santoni et Saimir Pirgu dans La Traviata © Vincent Pontet

Programme

Mozart Cosi fan tutte, Overture
« Il mio tesoro » aria from Don Giovanni Cosi fan tutte
« Fra gli amplessi » aria from Cosi fan tutte 
Verdi « È strano... Ah! fors'è lui... Sempre libera… » aria from La Traviata
Donizetti Roberto Devereux – Overture
« Una furtiva lagrima », « Prendi per me sei libero », « Caro elisir! Sei mio!... Esulti pur la barbara » arias from L’Elisir d’amore  
Gounod « Je veux vivre » aria from Roméo et Juliette
Massenet « Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps ? » aria from Werther
Gounod « Va! je t'ai pardonné… Nuit d'hyménée… » aria from Roméo et Juliette 
Cilea L’Arlesiana – Prelude
« È la solita storia del pastore » aria from L’Arlesiana  
Leoncavallo I Pagliacci - Intermezzo
Puccini « Che gelida manina », « Si, mi chiamano Mimi», « O soave fanciulla» arias from La Bohème

Approximate running time
1st part: 50mn - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 50mn

It was her first major role, but her Violetta exceeded all expectations as the young soprano got right under the skin of her character, both musically and dramatically. The Albanian-born Italian tenor, who was playing Alfredo for at least the hundredth time, remained as fresh as ever and his radiant singing conveyed all the bright youthfulness of the role. It was quite clear at the time that this couple would be back onstage performing love duets soon and this programme is structured around some of the most beautiful arias and duets by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Gounod, Massenet and Puccini.

Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Les Grandes Voix 

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Vannina Santoni

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