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Samuel Ramey, Bass (basso cantante) (born 1942)
Gioacchino Rossini - L´Italiana in Algeri
Gia d´insolito ardore nel petto
(Recorded around 1980)
My personal opinion: Sometimes it takes time to find out, how great a singer is. Most careers came late, perhaps too late. In case of Samuel Ramey it was clear from the very first moment, he was something very special, a basso cantante who seemed to come from another age of singing. He made his first steps with the New York City Opera House and his idol there was Norman Treigle (we can hear in the "Tales of Hoffmann"-recording with Sills).
Rameys repertoire spannend an immensive wideness, from belcanto Rossini to Mozart (Don Giovanni, Figaro) to Berlioz and Gounod (Mephistophélès in both), even to Stravinsky.
I would like to present you the fine but very difficult Mustafa-aria from Rossinis L´Italiana. It´s one of Ramey greatest showpieces. Please notice how lissome he slides through the coloratura lines.
He was one of the very few basses with a sense for demonic and erotic undertones.
Watch videos with other singers performing Gia d'insolito ardore:
MUSTAFÀ Già d'insolito ardore nel petto Agitare, avvampare mi sento: Un ignoto soave contento Mi trasporta e brillare mi fa. ad Elvira Voi partite... Nè più m'annoiate. a Zulma Tu va seco... Che smorfie...Obbedite. ad Haly Voi la bella al mio seno guidate. V'apprestate a onorar la beltà. Al mio foco, al trasporto, al desio, Non resiste l'acceso cor mio: Questo caro trionfo novello Quanto dolce a quest'alma sarà.
Parte con Haly e seguito.
English Libretto or Translation:
MUSTAFA Already of unusual ardor in the chest Shake, blush I feel: An unknown sweet happy He carries me and shine makes me. in Elvira You leave ... No more bored me. in Zulma You go with him ... What grimaces ... Obey. in Haly You the beautiful in my womb lead. You are ready to honor the beauty. To my fire, to transportation, to desio, I can not resist the following mine: This dear new triumph How sweet this alma will be.
He leaves with Haly and follows.
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