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    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.

    Marina Rebeka, Karine Deshayes
    Marina Rebeka © Jänis Delnats, Karine Deshayes © Aymeric Giraudel

    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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