Non più mesta" from La cenerentola, many times over just to enjoy the ride.
Rossini: La Cenerentola, Act 2 Scene 10: "Nacqui all'affanno, al pianto" (Cenerentola, Chorus) - Gioachino Rossini, John Nelson, Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia, Prologue Scene 1: "Nella fatal di Rimini e memorabil guerra" (Orsini) - Gaetano Donizetti, John Nelson, Orchestre de chambre de Paris.
Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano), Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, John Nelson. Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti: these three men alone sufficed to popularise the art of Italian opera during the first half of the nineteenth century, a century so propitious to the spread of romanticism in all its manifestations. If we set aside Bellini, who flashed across the sky like a meteor, this leaves Rossini and Donizetti, and the differences between them are patent. Rossini was born in Pesaro in 1792 and died in Paris in 1868.
This charming disc showcases Vivica Genaux doing what she does best: tearing through highly florid music, often at breakneck speed, without seeming to break a sweat. Even Cecilia Bartoli - arguably the reigning queen of fioritura - has never handled the dizzying twists and turns of Rossini so gracefully. Read full description. See details and exclusions. See all 4 brand new listings.
Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini.
Vivica Genaux was born on July 10, 1969 in Fairbanks. She began her vocal studies as a young girl with late American dramatic soprano Dorothy Dow. Ms. Genaux then studied with the late Nicola Rossi-Lemeni and Virginia Zeani at Indiana University Bloomington and for many years with Claudia Pinza Bozzolla (daughter of bass Ezio Pinza) in Pittsburgh. Bel Canto Arias (solo) – Donizetti/Rossini. with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, John Nelson, Conductor. VIRGIN CLASSICS 7243 5 45615 2 8.