A Vocal Portrait: Operatic recital 1957; RAI broadcasts 1955/56, etc. / Anita Cerquetti, soprano

Audio Samples

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>     O patria mia
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I Vespri Siciliani
>     Mercè, dilette amiche
>     Arrigo, ah parli a un core
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>     Casta Diva
>Spontini, Gaspare : Agnese di Hohenstraufen
>     O Re dei cieli
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>     Ben io t'invenni... Anch'io dischiuso
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani
>     Surta è la notte... , , involami
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     Vissi d'arte
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Forza del Destino
>     Pace, pace, mio Dio
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>     E un'anatema... L'amo come il fulgor
>     Suicidio!
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Oberon
>     Mare, superbo mare
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>     Ebben, ne andrò lontano
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>     La mamma morta
>Rossini, Gioachino : Guglielmo Tell
>     Selva opaca

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I Vespri Siciliani
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Spontini, Gaspare : Agnese di Hohenstraufen
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Forza del Destino
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Oberon
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>Rossini, Gioachino : Guglielmo Tell
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Born in 1931, Anita Cerquetti had a short (eight-year) period of fame from 1952 to 1960, receiving great acclaim for her performances of Norma, Aida and La Forza, in particular. At age 30 she retired from singing and withdrew to private life.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
The eight arias from the recital disc cover her repertory: Aida, Norma, Abigaille, Tosca (which she never sang on stage), Elvira (Ernani), Leonora (Forza), Elena (Vespri), and Agnese di Hohenstaufen. It's all here: the intensity, the excitement, the drama, and, alas, the sometimes hard, harsh edge in the top voice. But that is a small price to pay for great singing.



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: O patria mia
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I Vespri Siciliani :: Mercè, dilette amiche
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1855

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Casta Diva
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Spontini, Gaspare : Agnese di Hohenstraufen :: O Re dei cieli
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Ben io t'invenni... Anch'io dischiuso
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani :: Surta è la notte... , , involami
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1844

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d'arte
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Forza del Destino :: Pace, pace, mio Dio
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda :: E un'anatema... L'amo come il fulgor
  • Performers: Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano); Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1876

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda :: Suicidio!
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1876

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I Vespri Siciliani :: Arrigo, ah parli a un core
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Mario Rossi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1855

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Oberon :: Mare, superbo mare
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Vittorio Gui
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1825-1826

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben, ne andrò lontano
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: RAI Concerto, Milan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier :: La mamma morta
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: RAI Concerto, Milan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Rossini, Gioachino : Guglielmo Tell :: Selva opaca
  • Performer: Anita Cerquetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Mario Rossi
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1829