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Amato Belcanto - arias by Rossini, Donizetti, Spontini, Bellini / Viviana Araiza Staffini, mezzo-soprano

Audio Samples

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>     Cavatina. Casta Diva che inargenti... Ah! bello a me ritorna del fido amor primiero
>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera
>     Recitativo e Cavatina no 3. Di tanti palpiti
>     Recitativo e Cavatina no 3a. Dolci d'amor parole
>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera
>     Canzone del Salice. Assisa appiè d'un salice / Preghiera. Deh calma, o ciel nel sonno
>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera
>     Cavatina. Bel raggio lusinghier
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Maria Stuarda
>     Scene 2. Ah quando all'ara scorgemi... Ah! dal ciel discenda un raggio
>Spontini, Gaspare : La Vestale
>     Aria. Tu che invoco con orrore

Album Summary

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Maria Stuarda
>Spontini, Gaspare : La Vestale
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In the early 19th 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.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The name of this singer was new to me. When I searched the Internet for her name, the only thing to come up was this recording. The orchestra has apparently released a few other recordings, and the conductor works at the Bavarian Opera. The booklet accompanying this recording states that the singer made her debut in 1983 as Hansel, and that she has had success as Carmen. This recording was made almost 30 years after her debut. Obviously, this was once a basically good mezzo voice.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The "House of Culture" Rousse, Bulgaria (09/01/2012-09/04/2012).



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Works Details

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Cavatina. Casta Diva che inargenti... Ah! bello a me ritorna del fido amor primiero
  • Performers: Vasil Vlaykov (Natural Horn); Viviana Staffini; Emil Sheytanov (Violin); Viktor Todorov (Flute); Martina Yablanska (Harp)
  • Conductor: Stellario Fagone
  • Ensemble: Plovdiv Symphonic Orchestra
  • Notes: The "House of Culture" Rousse, Bulgaria (09/01/2012-09/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera :: Recitativo e Cavatina no 3. Di tanti palpiti
  • Performers: Vasil Vlaykov (Natural Horn); Viviana Staffini; Viktor Todorov (Flute); Emil Sheytanov (Violin); Martina Yablanska (Harp)
  • Conductor: Stellario Fagone
  • Notes: The "House of Culture" Rousse, Bulgaria (09/01/2012-09/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813

>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera :: Recitativo e Cavatina no 3a. Dolci d'amor parole
  • Performers: Martina Yablanska (Harp); Viviana Staffini; Viktor Todorov (Flute); Vasil Vlaykov (Natural Horn); Emil Sheytanov (Violin)
  • Conductor: Stellario Fagone
  • Notes: The "House of Culture" Rousse, Bulgaria (09/01/2012-09/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813

>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera :: Canzone del Salice. Assisa appiè d'un salice / Preghiera. Deh calma, o ciel nel sonno
  • Performers: Emil Sheytanov (Violin); Martina Yablanska (Harp); Viktor Todorov (Flute); Vasil Vlaykov (Natural Horn); Viviana Staffini
  • Conductor: Stellario Fagone
  • Notes: The "House of Culture" Rousse, Bulgaria (09/01/2012-09/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera :: Cavatina. Bel raggio lusinghier
  • Performers: Vasil Vlaykov (Natural Horn); Viktor Todorov (Flute); Viviana Staffini; Martina Yablanska (Harp); Emil Sheytanov (Violin)
  • Conductor: Stellario Fagone
  • Notes: The "House of Culture" Rousse, Bulgaria (09/01/2012-09/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1823

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Maria Stuarda :: Scene 2. Ah quando all'ara scorgemi... Ah! dal ciel discenda un raggio
  • Performers: Martina Yablanska (Harp); Viktor Todorov (Flute); Vasil Vlaykov (Natural Horn); Emil Sheytanov (Violin); Viviana Staffini
  • Conductor: Stellario Fagone
  • Notes: The "House of Culture" Rousse, Bulgaria (09/01/2012-09/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1834

>Spontini, Gaspare : La Vestale :: Aria. Tu che invoco con orrore
  • Performers: Vasil Vlaykov (Natural Horn); Viviana Staffini; Viktor Todorov (Flute); Martina Yablanska (Harp); Emil Sheytanov (Violin)
  • Conductor: Stellario Fagone
  • Notes: The "House of Culture" Rousse, Bulgaria (09/01/2012-09/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1807