Arias and Barcarolles

A production of  
  

Remembering Shirley Verrett

Host Cathy Fuller pays tribute to the late American soprano Shirley Verrett (1931-2010).

On the program:

Charles Gounod: From Sapho: "Où suis-je? O ma lyre immortelle"
Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano; RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra; Georges Pretre, conductor

Giuseppe Verdi - From Un ballo in maschera: "Zitti!" and "Re dell’abisso affrettati"
Shirely Verrett, mezzo-soprano; Carlo Bergonzi, tenor; RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra;
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Georges Bizet - Berceuse (Sur un vieil air) and Ouvre ton coeur
Ann Murray, mezzo-soprano; Graham Johnson, piano

(photo of Shirley Verrett by Marty Umans)
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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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