Arias and Barcarolles

A production of  
  

Angela Gheorghiu Sings Rossini

Leap year brings Gioacchino Rossini a proper birthday for only the 53rd time on February 29th!

On the program:

Gioacchino Rossini: Una voce poco fa …; Io sono docile; from Act I of the opera The Barber of Seville

Gioachino Rossini: Romanza: Selva opaca, from Act II of the opera William Tell
Angela Gheorghiu, soprano; London Symphony Orchestra; Evelino Pidò, conductor.

Sigismond Thalberg: Fantasia on Il barbiere di Siviglia, Op. 63
Francesco Nicolosi, piano
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ABOUT ARIAS AND BARCAROLLES

“You know, I liked that last piece you played; it's got a theme. I like music with a theme, not all them arias and barcarolles.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, speaking to Leonard Bernstein after a White House concert in 1960



Leonard Bernstein was so taken by President Eisenhower’s remark that 30 years later, he produced a song-cycle called "Arias and Barcarolles," with a theme Bernstein described as “The politics of love.”

Similarly inspired, Cathy Fuller lends her voice to the weekend with a program devoted to an exploration of song - and the art of the vocal recital. Perhaps with a Barcarolle or two!

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