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This opera established Donizetti as composer of comic opera since he managed to introduce the emotional element into this genre.
Although Caballe often interpreted works by Mozart or Richard Strauss, audiences especially wanted to hear her perform virtuoso coloratura parts in operas by Gioacchino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti. Indeed, rising demand for the soprano saw her soon make appearances at the Met in New York, as well as major international opera houses in Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, London, Paris, Milan or Buenos Aires.
This Pigmalione tale is not an opera at all but a monodrama, from Donizetti's student days, for tenor with a brief appearance at the close for a soprano who comes to life following the sculptor's fervent prayers to have her animated.
Adina (Gabriela IAtoc) is entertaining herself with tales of Tristan and Isolde, which she is reading about in some Wagnerian paperback, the irony being that Wagner's own treatment of the Tristan/Isolde tale came thirty years after Donizetti's.
"Lucia di Lammermoor" came from Donizetti's fascination with the works of Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, including his novel, "The Bride of Lammermoor." And "Eugene Onegin" is based on the Russian novel by Alexander Pushkin.
This season, Radvanovsky is set to become the first singer in the history of New York's Metropolitan Opera to win a 'triple crown' by singing all three of Donizetti's Tudor queens--the title roles in Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, along with Elisabeth I in Roberto Devereux.
All music composed by Jacques-Francois Gallay: Fantaise brillante sur l'opera "Les Martyrs" de Donizetti (Op.
While this take on Donizetti's feel good comedy L'Elisir d'amore is mercifully short of intellectual gimmicks, being a modern sort of chap I posted on Facebook how much I was enjoying the show with its thoroughly charming telling of the love story of rich Adina and peasant Nemorino.
On today's Desert Island Discs on Radio 4, she speaks about how song Una Furtiva Lagrima (A Furtive Tear) by Gaetano Donizetti helped her through the harrowing days afterwards.
Scottish Opera present Donizetti's masterpiece Don Pasquale for the first time since 1977 at the end of January and into February in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
WHILE composer Donizetti takes plenty of dramatic licence in his storytelling, any child who knows the rhyme about Henry VIII's six wives will be able to tell you there's no happy ending for Anne Boleyn, the dark-haired beauty who bewitched the Tudor monarch.