- I Capuleti e i Montecchi, opera
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I Capuleti e I Montecchi is one of the loveliest and most moving of bel canto operas, though not among the more frequently performed. When Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca sang Giulietta and Romeo in Vienna in 2008, at the performances documented in this recording, critics were enthusiastic. They found that Giulietta suited Netrebko especially well, and she could show her rounded tone and creamy timbre in every register to its full advantage. Garanca's velvety timbre, with its hint of noble metal, made the character of the young Romeo come vividly to life, while still embracing the masculinity of the role.
Bellini wrote that "opera, through singing, must make one weep, shudder, die." The final scene of I Capuleti -- a continuous alternation of chorus, recitative, flexible arioso, and ensemble -- was the most powerful argument he had created to date for that view. Bringing true youth to an archetypal tale of youthful passion, Netrebko and Garanca as Shakespeare's "starcrossed lovers" blow the dust off this Bellini classic with pure love, drama, and passion. From the Label