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Meyerbeer: L'Africana / Muti, Norman, Luchetti, Guelfi

Album Summary

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Die Afrikanerin
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Notes & Reviews:

Live performance of this rarely-performed opera, Florence, 1971. Only budget recording on CD! Meyerbeer died before L'africana, his last opera, was quite finished. He was sure it was his masterpiece, and indeed it contains some of his finest music, particularly the beautiful tenor aria "O paradiso." L'africana was heard regularly around the world until about WWI, when it faded from view. It has had successful revivals in recent years along with other operas of its genre. The present performance is in the original five acts, although Acts IV and V are often combined in the theater. Jessye Norman has been one of the most celebrated American sopranos of her generation. This performance comes from the very beginning of her magnificent career. "Norman's grand interpretation, well suited to the queen, is enjoyable Veriano Luchettifrom 1971 has a more dramatic and attractive voice than the 1977 Giorgio Lamberti Giangiacomo Guelfi's fat sound in 1971 allows him to turn in an overall more satisfying 'Adamastor' than Sherrill Milnes in 1977." - Opera Japonica


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>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Die Afrikanerin
  • Performers: Mietta Sighele (Soprano); Veriano Luchetti (Tenor); Agostino Ferrin (Bass); Giuliana Matteini (Soprano); Dino Formichini (Tenor); Gianfranco Casarini (Bass); Giangiacomo Guelfi (Baritone); Graziano Vivo (Voice); Mario Rinaudo (Bass); Jessye Norman (Voice)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1864.
  • Running Time: 40 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864
  • Studio/Live: Live