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Bel Canto: Roberto Alagna

Album Summary

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Poliuto, opera
>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Don Pasquale
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Roberto Devereux
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Dom Sébastien, roi du Portugal, opera
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Il Pirata, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera
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Notes & Reviews:

"Roberto Alagna concentrates solely on the work of bel canto masters Donizetti and Bellini. These are composers who foreground vocal timbre and rely on highly decorated melodies to propel their dramas. Alagna's voice is therefore placed under a rather harsh spotlight, with none of the carefully wrought orchestral effects of complex harmonies of Verdi and Puccini (his more usual operatic territory) to support him. Generally, he succeeds beautifully and produces some rich, varied singing with a burnished heroic edge." -Warwick Thompson

Notes & Reviews:

Selections recorded September and October 1999 at EMI Abbey Road Studio no. 1, London and May 2001 at Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, England.



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Works Details

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Poliuto, opera :: Act 2. Scene. Veleno è l'aura ch'io respiro!
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Simon Preece (Bass)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1838
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Poliuto, opera :: Act 2. Aria. Sfolgorò divino raggio
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Simon Preece (Bass)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1838
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera :: Act 1. Duet. Prendi, l'anel ti dono
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1831
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita :: Act 1. Cavatina. Un ange, une femme inconnue
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita :: Act 4. Recitative. La maîtresse du roi?
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection continues with "...Ange si pur"
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita :: Act 4. Romance. Ange si pur
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection continues with "...Ange si pur"
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Don Pasquale :: Act 1. Sogno soave e casto
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Act 1. Cavatina. Meco all'altar di Venere
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Act 1. Cabaletta. Me protegge, me difende
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Roberto Devereux :: Act 3. Scene. Ed ancor la tremenda porta
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is followed by "A te dirò, negli ultimi..."
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Roberto Devereux :: Act 3. Aria. A te dirò negli ultimi
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1837.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Dom Sébastien, roi du Portugal, opera :: Act 2. Cavatina. Seul sur la terre
  • Performers: Rachel Masters (Harp); Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1843.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera :: Part 1. A te, o cara
  • Performers: Paul Keohone (Bass); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Simon Preece (Bass)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera :: Act 1. Cavatina. Quanto è bella
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera :: Act 2. Romance. Una furtiva lagrima
  • Performers: John Price (Bassoon); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); John Price (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Il Pirata, opera :: Act 1. Cavatina. Ascolta. Nel furor delle tempeste
  • Performers: Paul Keohone (Bass); Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection begins with "Ascolta..."
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1827
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera :: Act 2. Romance. Pour me rapprocher de Marie
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera :: Act 1. Cavatina. Ah, mes amis
  • Performers: Darren Moore (Baritone); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Darren Moore
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera :: Act 1. Cavatina. Messieurs son père
  • Performers: Darren Moore (Baritone); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Darren Moore
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera :: Act 1. Cavatina. Pour mon âme
  • Performers: Darren Moore (Baritone); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Darren Moore
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio