Bel Canto

Bel Canto

by Roberto Alagna


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What is special about Roberto Alagna's singing -- besides being vibrant and sweetly lyrical -- is its intelligence. One doesn't necessarily think of bel canto opera as requiring much brainpower, but it comes in handy, especially in a mixed program such as this one. Bellini and Donizetti are linked together so often, yet their styles are very different, and Alagna clearly understands this. He invests the music from Donizetti's Poliuto with blood and guts, for example, while "A te, o cara" from Bellini's I Puritani is more elegantly phrased, though no less expressive. The program is also cleverly conceived to offer well-known arias (from L'elisir d'amore, Don Pasquale, and La Fille du régiment) along with rarer numbers (from La Favorite, Dom Sébastien, and Il Pirata, among others). Alagna is in very good voice throughout, and if his nine high C's in "Ah, mes amis" (from La Fille) are not as easily brilliant as in Pavarotti's famous recording, they are still very impressive indeed. He is joined by his wife, Angela Gheorghiu, in several selections -- most touchingly in a duet from La Sonnambula -- and the London Philharmonic with conductor Evelino Pidò provide solid, sensitive support.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/04/2006
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947762737
catalogNumber: 000686102
Rank: 259545


  1. Poliuto, opera: Act 2. Scene. Veleno è l'aura ch'io respiro!
  2. Poliuto, opera: Act 2. Aria. Sfolgorò divino raggio
  3. La sonnambula, opera: Act 1. Duet. Prendi, l'anel ti dono
  4. La favorita, opera: Act 1. Cavatina. Un ange, une femme inconnue
  5. La favorita, opera: Act 4. Recitative. La maîtresse du roi?
  6. La favorita, opera: Act 4. Romance. Ange si pur
  7. Don Pasquale, opera: Act 1. Sogno soave e casto
  8. Norma, opera: Act 1. Cavatina. Meco all'altar di Venere
  9. Norma, opera: Act 1. Cabaletta. Me protegge, me difende
  10. Roberto Devereux (Il Conte di Essex), opera: Act 3. Scene. Ed ancor la tremenda porta
  11. Roberto Devereux (Il Conte di Essex), opera: Act 3. Aria. A te dirò negli ultimi
  12. Dom Sébastien, roi du Portugal, opera: Act 2. Cavatina. Seul sur la terre
  13. I Puritani, opera: Part 1. A te, o cara
  14. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Cavatina. Quanto è bella
  15. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Romance. Una furtiva lagrima
  16. Il Pirata, opera: Act 1. Cavatina. Ascolta. Nel furor delle tempeste
  17. La fille du régiment, opera: Act 2. Romance. Pour me rapprocher de Marie
  18. La fille du régiment, opera: Act 1. Cavatina. Ah, mes amis
  19. La fille du régiment, opera: Act 1. Cavatina. Messieurs son père
  20. La fille du régiment, opera: Act 1. Cavatina. Pour mon âme

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