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Bella siccome un angelo

Opera details:

Opera title:

Don Pasquale

Composer:

Gaetano Donizetti

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Don Pasquale Synopsis

Libretto:

Don Pasquale Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Duet details:

Type:

duet

Role(s):

Dr Malatesta / Don Pasquale

Voice(s):

Baritone / Bass

Act:

1.04

Previous scene: E permesso?
Next scene: E mia Sorella

Bella siccome un angelo - Giuseppe de Luca (1902)

Singer(s): Giuseppe De Luca Ezio Pinza

The most lyrical of all baritones, Giuseppe de Luca (1876-1950) in a superb belcanto performance of "Bella siccome un angelo", from Donizetti's Don Pasquale. Recorded for G&T in 1902 when de Luca was in his prime.

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The following biographical profile comes from "Giuseppe De Luca was a famous Italian baritone who achieved his greatest triumphs at the New York Metropolitan Opera. He notably created roles in the world premieres of two operas by Giacomo Puccini: Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (at La Scala, Milan, 1904) and the title role in Gianni Schicchi (Metropolitan Opera, 1918).
He appeared at Italy's foremost opera house, La Scala, Milan, from 1902 to 1910, and made his London debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1907.
Subsequently, De Luca moved to America where he became a leading baritone at the Metropolitan Opera for 20 years, from 1915 to 1935. (He returned briefly to the Met in 1939-1940.) His first appearance at that house was on 25 November 1915, as Figaro in The Barber of Seville.
After his retirement, he taught voice at the Juilliard School. He died in New York City at the age of 73.
The illustrious but dictatorial conductor Arturo Toscanini is reputed to have once called De Luca, 'absolutely the best baritone I ever heard'. Certainly, he was praised by critics and audiences alike in a wide range of operatic roles, ranging from buffo and bel canto parts through to the core Verdi and Puccini characters.
De Luca's elegant vocalism is preserved on numerous recordings which he made for the Gramophone (and Typewriter) Company, Fonotipia and Victor companies in Italy and America from the early 1900s through to the 1920s and '30s. On some of them, he is partnered by other great singers of the Metropolitan Opera's golden age, including Enrico Caruso, Giovanni Martinelli, Beniamino Gigli, Amelita Galli-Curci, Elisabeth Rethberg, Rosa Ponselle and Ezio Pinza. CD reissues of his recordings are widely available today. Film clips of him performing also exist.
De Luca was renowned as a master of lyric, smooth-toned legato singing and his recordings confirm his excellence in this regard. Being a small man, his voice was not of huge dimensions; but it was immaculately used and had ample carrying power in even the largest theatres. During De Luca's best years, his voice also possessed exceptional beauty of tone in the middle register. He was a clever and versatile actor, too, and was considered to be especially memorable in ebullient comic roles."

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

MALATESTA
Bella siccome un angelo
in terra pellegrino,
fresca siccome il giglio
che s'apre sul mattino,
occhio che parla e ride,
sguardo che i cor conquide,
chioma che vince l'ebano,
sorriso incantator.

DON PASQUALE
Sposa simile! Oh, giubilo!
Non cape in petto il cor.

MALATESTA
Alma innocente, ingenua,
che sè medesma ignora;
modestia impareggiabile,
bontà che v'innamora.
Ai miseri pietosa,
gentil, dolce, amorosa,
il cel l'ha fatta nascere
per far beato un cor.

DON PASQUALE
Oh giubilo! Famiglia?

MALATESTA
Agiata, onesta.

DON PASQUALE
Il nome?

MALATESTA
Malatesta.

DON PASQUALE
Sarà vostra parente?

English Libretto or Translation:

MALATESTA
Beautiful as an angel
in pilgrim land,
fresh as the lily
that opens in the morning,
eye that speaks and laughs,
look that the cores conquer,
crown that wins the ebony,
smile incantator.

DON PASQUALE
Similar bride! Oh, rejoicing!
Do not head in the chest.

MALATESTA
Alma innocent, naive,
that he himself ignores;
unparalleled modesty,
goodness that falls in love with you.
To the pitiful pitiful,
gentle, sweet, loving,
the cel gave birth to it
to make a heart happy.

DON PASQUALE
Oh jubilation! Family?

MALATESTA
Agiata, honest.

DON PASQUALE
The name?

MALATESTA
Malatesta.

DON PASQUALE
Will you be your relative?



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G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Arias for BaritoneG. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Diction Coach - Arias for BaritoneOperatic Anthology: BaritoneAnthology of Italian Opera: BaritoneCantolopera: Arias for Baritone Volume 1

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