Historic Figures in Opera

May 4, 2019, 4:30 pm

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Joan of Arc depicted on horseback in an illustration from a 1504 manuscript.

So many to choose from. We hear Spain’s El Cid sung by Plácido Domingo, Joan of Arc by Eileen Farrell, Mary Queen of Scots by Joyce DiDonato, and Mark Antony by Vanni‐Marcoux.

Music

“Adieu mon forêts!” from The Maid of Orleans – Jeanne d’Arc by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Eileen Farrell, soprano; Philharmonia Orchestra; Thomas Schippers, conductor
(London 1957. TESTAMENT SBT 1073)

“Solitaire sur ma terrasse” from Cléopâtre by Jules Massenet
Vanni‐Marcoux, bass-baritone, with Orchestra
(Paris 1931. MARSTON 56001‐2)

“Deh! tu di un umile preghiera” from Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti
Joyce DiDonato, soprano; Chorus and Orchestra of the National
Opera of Lyon; Riccardo Minasi, conductor
(2013. ERATO 08256 463656 2 3)

“Ô souverain, ô juge, ô père” from Le Cid by Jules Massenet
Plácido Domingo, tenor; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden;
Asher Fisch, conductor
(London 1996. EMI 5 56337 2)