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Portrait of a Legend - 17 arias from Mignon, La Cenerentola, Barber of Seville et al. / Giulietta Simionato, mezzo-soprano (mono)

Audio Samples

>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon
>     Non conosci il bel suol
>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
>     Nacqui all'affanno... Non piú mesta
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>     Una voce poco fà
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     E l'amore uno strano augello
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila
>     O Aprile, foriero
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>     Va, non è mal se piango
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     Voi lo sapete, o mamma
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo
>     O don fatale
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera
>     Deh! Tu bell'anima
>Rossini, Gioachino : L' italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera
>     Cruda sorte, amor tiranno!
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita
>     O mio Fernando
>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera
>     O patria... Di tanti palpiti
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>     Stride la vampa
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un Ballo in Maschera
>     Zitti... Re dell'abisso
>Paër, Ferdinando : Il bacio della partenza, song for voice & piano
>Gordigiani, Luigi : L'addio del pastore, song for voice & piano
>Berlin, Irving : Anything You Can Do, song (for the musical Annie Get Your Gun)

Album Summary

>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon
>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : L' italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita
>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un Ballo in Maschera
>Paër, Ferdinando : Il bacio della partenza, song for voice & piano
>Gordigiani, Luigi : L'addio del pastore, song for voice & piano
>Berlin, Irving : Anything You Can Do, song (for the musical Annie Get Your Gun)
Performers Conductors Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Born in 1910, Giulietta Simionato had a slow start with her career, but had her big breakthrough at La Scala in 1955. Her workload was enormous: up to 100 performances annually all over the world. This CD provides a survey of her musical development and her most celebrated roles. It pays homage to one of the most important mezzo-sopranos of the 20th century.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
This well-transferred selection of arias taken mainly from the Italian repertoire is a most worthy tribute to a fine artist. It includes arias from Mignon, Cenerentola, Barbiere di Siviglia, Samson et Dalila, Werther, Cavalleria Rusticana, Don Carlo, I Capuleti, La Favorita, Italiana in Algeri, Tancredi, Il Trovatore, and Ballo in Maschera. Since there is little duplication, this combines well with Preiser's LP issue of the mezzo's recordings, now available as an MP3 download. Two piano-accompanied songs hitherto unknown to me are also included. The second of these, 'Shepherds' Farewell' by Gordigiani, is most attractive and demonstrates a facet of her gifts rarely on display. The recital concludes with the duet from Annie get your Gun with Ettore Bastianini, taken from the party scene in the famous Karajan Fledermaus recording for Decca.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1949-1960.



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Works Details

>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon :: Non conosci il bel suol
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1866

>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola (Cinderella) :: Nacqui all'affanno... Non piú mesta
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Mario Rossi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Una voce poco fà
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Fernando Previtali
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: E l'amore uno strano augello
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila :: O Aprile, foriero
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Va, non è mal se piango
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Voi lo sapete, o mamma
  • Performers: Lilliana Pellegrino (Voice); Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Arturo Basile
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo :: O don fatale
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Franco Ghione
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera :: Deh! Tu bell'anima
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Franco Ghione
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1830

>Rossini, Gioachino : L' italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera :: Cruda sorte, amor tiranno!
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Notes: Composition written: 1813.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita :: O mio Fernando
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alberto Erede
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera :: O patria... Di tanti palpiti
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nino Sanzogno
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Stride la vampa
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alberto Erede
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un Ballo in Maschera :: Zitti... Re dell'abisso
  • Performer: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Ferdinando Paër (1771 - 1839) : Il bacio della partenza, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Luciano Bettarini (Piano); Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gordigiani, Luigi : L'addio del pastore, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Luciano Bettarini (Piano); Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Berlin, Irving : Anything You Can Do, song (for the musical Annie Get Your Gun)
  • Performers: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano); Ettore Bastianini (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern