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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

Gaetano Donizetti Don Pasquale Pt2 Melchiore Luise Scipio Colombo "Son nov'ore..Ah! Un foco"

Singer: Scipio Colombo

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Gaetano Donizetti
Don Pasquale
Don Pasquale--Melchiore Luise
Doctor Malatesta--Scipio Colombo
Ernesto--Juan Oncina
Norina--Lina Aymaro
A Notary--Josef Schmiedinger
Vienna State Opera/Argeo Quadri.

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Libretto:

Pt2
Act 1. Scene 1.
Son nov'ore
Dunque? ...Zitto, con prudenza
Bella siccome un angelo
Ah! Un foco insolito

This is quite a surprise. I don't recall ever coming across this modest 1952 recording (originally on Westminster), but having heard it I can safely put it on a par with the 1949 Cetra set with the superb Cesare Valletti and Sesto Bruscantini (albeit with a somewhat hard-edged Alda Noni), which is the first choice for this opera. (Why are the other, stereo-age recordings so lacking?)

This performance is light, unexaggerated, and airy. Argeo Quadri's tempos tend to be leisurely, but nothing drags, and this allows the plot to unfold in a sane, story-telling manner. Even the usually breakneck-for-its-own-sake buffo duet in Act 3 is well articulated, and elsewhere the lack of mugging and rushing brings out the score's niceties. There are no show-offy, end-of-aria interpolated high notes, and they're not missed; what we get is the music without overstated star turns.

Melchiore Luise is a not-very-deep-bass Pasquale, but he's colorful and accurate and he conveys the character's vanity as well as sadness. Scipio Colombo's Malatesta is superb--the best available. He's smooth and rhythmically right on the money, with a nice tone and amazing fluency in the fiorature--a sheer delight. Juan Oncina's Ernesto is charming and well sung, but rarely have I heard a tenor expend less energy singing. He never leans on a note or strains one iota, and frankly a bit more energy--just a bit--would have been welcome. (His performance of the role a decade later on Decca is strained.) Lina Aymaro, otherwise unknown to me, is much like other Norinas: slightly too perky, a notch too chipper at times. But she always sings on key and she also has got the Donizetti-beat figured out perfectly.

The chorus, with all its work in Act 3, actually sounds involved. The orchestra seems to be slightly reduced, and it plays well. Instruments and voices are very forward and unsubtle, but there's no distortion; this clearly was recorded with care and does not sound 50 years old. There are a few cuts, all in repeats. Very highly recommended.

Robert Levine

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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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