One Theme, Multiple Operas

August 18, 2018, 4:30 pm

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Two La bohèmes, two Fausts and two Manons are heard in this program. Sorting out the differences are Renée Fleming, Nicolai Gedda, Victoria de los Ángeles, Anna Netrebko, Boris Christoff, Anna Moffo and Angela Gheorghiu.

Music

“Adieu, notre petite table” from Manon by Jules Massenet
Anna Moffo, soprano; RCA Italiana Orchestra; René Leibowitz, conductor
(Rome 1963. RCA 88875032932‐04)

“In quelle trine morbide” from Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Anna Netrebko, soprano; Orchestra Dell’Academia Natzionale di Santa Cecilia;
Antonio Pappano, conductor
(Rome 2016. DGG B0025289‐02)

“Quando me’n vo’” from La bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Ljuba Wellitch, soprano; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Herbert Von Karajan, conductor
(Vienna 1948. EMI 4 40516 2)

“Musette avaria sulla bocca viva…” “Mi vi chetate” from La bohème by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Renée Fleming, soprano with supporting artists; Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi; Marco Armilato, conductor
(Milan 2008. DECCA B0013279‐02)

“Spunta l’aurora pallida” from Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito
Angela Gheorghiu, soprano; Richard Novak, tenor; Joseph Calleja, tenor;
Prague Philharmonic Choir and the Prague Philharmonia; Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
(Prague 2016. WARNER CLASSICS 0190295780241)

Final trio from Faust by Charles Gounod
Victoria de los Ángeles, soprano; Nicolai Gedda, tenor; Boris Christoff, bass;
Orchestra and Chorus of the National Theatre of the Opera; André Cluytens, conductor
(Paris 1958. EMI 7 69986 2)