Marina Rebeka | soprano
Karine Deshayes | mezzo-soprano
Orchestre de chambre de Paris
Speranza Scappucci | direction
Marina Rebeka and Karine Deshayes battle it out in a trilogy of Donizetti’s queens.
Donizetti Prelude excerpt from Maria Stuarda
« Oh nube! Che lieve per l’aria ti aggiri... Nella pace del mesto riposo », « Ah! Quando all’ara scorgemi », arias excerpts from Maria Stuarda
« Piangete voi?... Al dolce guidami », « Per questa fiamma », aria excerpt from Anna Bolena
« Dio, che mi vedi in core », duet excerpt from Anna Bolena
Rossini « Non bastan quelle lagrime », duet excerpt from Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra
Sinfonia excerpt from Semiramide
« Bel raggio lusinghier », aria excerpt from Semiramide
Bellini « Casta diva » aria excerpt from Norma
« Mira, o Norma », duet excerpt from Norma
The staggering vocal fireworks which are a feature of operas by Donizetti, Rossini and Bellini explain the unfailing popularity of their virtuoso pieces, composed specifically to allow the performers to shine. Captivated by the heroism, majesty and energy of the female characters who are the raison d’être of several major works of the period, Marina Rebeka and Karine Deshayes were keen to get together on stage to bring to life, and sometimes confront, the great tragic heroines at the centre of Italian masterpieces of the nineteenth century: fearsome sovereigns, bellicose rivals, tireless strategists… these historical figures all possess hugely inspiring strength of will.
Production Les Grandes Voix
Concert broadcasted by France Musique on Saturday 13 May at 8pm "Samedi à l'Opéra" presented by Judith Chaine
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