The great Croatian soprano Sena Jurinac (b. 24 October 1921) celebrates her 90th birthday next month. In order to celebrate her outstanding achievements in opera and lieder, seven videos of her live performances/radio broadcasts will be presented. This second instalment features her as Ilia in Mozart's Idomeneo, one of her Mozart roles that endeared her to the audience at the Glyndebourne Festival. She is presented in Ilia's two arias, namely:
(1) 'Se il padre perdei' (Act 2)
(2) 'Zeffiretti lusinghieri' (Act 3)
The great German conductor Fritz Busch directed the Orchestra of Glyndebourne Festival in this live performance on 30 June 1951. A picture in this video shows the then 29 year-old Jurinac rehearsing with Fritz Busch, who played a large role in her enormous success at the Glyndebourne Festival.
Watch videos with other singers performing Zeffiretti lusinghieri:
ILIA Zeffiretti lusinghieri, Deli volate al mio tesoro: E gli dite, ch'io l'adoro, Che mi serbi il cor fedel.
E voi piante, e fior sinceri, Che ora innaffia il pianto amaro, Dite a lui, che amor più raro Mai vedeste sotto al ciel.
English Libretto or Translation:
No. 19 - Aria ILIA Gently caressing zephyrs, oh fly to my beloved and tell him I adore him and to keep his heart true to me. And you plants and tender flowers which my bitter tears water, tell him that you never saw a love more rare beneath the sky.