Amato Belcanto

Solo Musica: SM188

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Amato Belcanto

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2nd Sept 2013


68 minutes


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Amato Belcanto


Casta Diva (from Norma)


Si, vuol di Francia il Rege...Ah! Quando all'ara scorgemi...Ah! Dal ciel discenda un raggio (from Maria Stuarda)


Di tanti palpiti (from Tancredi)

Assisa a' piè d'un salice (from Otello)

Bel raggio lusinghier (from Semiramide)


La vestale: Tu che invoco (Atto II)

Viviana Araiza Staffini (soprano)

Plovdiv Symphonic Orchestra



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In the early nineteenth century, composers commissioned to write new operas received from the impresario a list of the singers in the solo ensemble so that that the parts might be written to suit them. The rise of bel canto consequently had a lot to do with the vocal potential of the female singers who were to play the title roles - the great prima donnas of the day. The mezzo-soprano Viviana Araiza Staffini was born in Munich and spent part of her childhood in the USA and Italy. She studied at the Munich College of Music and completed her studies at the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera House.

Vincenzo Bellini: Norma

Norma, Act I: Casta diva - Ah! Bello a me ritorna

Gioachino Rossini: Tancredi

Act I: Di tanti palpiti

Act I: Dolci d'amor parole

Gioachino Rossini: Otello, ossia Il moro di Venezia

Otello, ossia Il moro di Venezia, Act III: Canzone del Salice: Assisa a pie d'un salice - Preghiera: Deh calma, o Ciel

Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide

Semiramide, Act I: Bel raggio lusinghier

Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

Maria Stuarda, Act I: Ah! quando all'ara scorgemi - Ah! dal ciel discenda un raggio

Gaspare Spontini: La vestale

La vestale, Act II: Tu che invoco con orrore

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