On Singing Bel Canto

February 6, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Lawrence Brownlee phot by Shervin Lainez.

This first program for Black History Month will feature artists who excel in the music from the Bel Canto era of Italian opera. A timespan that begins with the operas of Rossini and continues through Verdi’s middle career, the term bel canto is also used to describe the singing style of the era — a technical approach which has its origins in the high Baroque and continues to be an ideal for training singers to this day.


Gioacchino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Aria, “Contro un cor” (Lesson Scene)
Kathleen Battle, soprano

Cavatina, “Ecco ridente in cielo”
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor

Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Cavatina, “Oh! quante volte”
Nicole Cabell, soprano

Vincenzo Bellini: I puritani
Quartetto, “A te, o cara”
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor

Gaetano Donizetti: La favorita
Aria, “O mio Fernando”
Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano

Giuseppe Verdi: Il trovatore
Aria, “Tacea la notte placida”
Martina Arroyo, soprano


This episode of Listening to Singers will be available for listening on-demand until February 20.