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O tu che in seno agli angeli

Opera details:

Opera title:

La Forza del destino

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

La Forza del destino Synopsis

Libretto:

La Forza del destino Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Don Alvaro

Voice(s):

Tenor

Act:

3.03

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Barry Morell - O tu che in seno agli angeli

Singer: Barry Morell

Barry Morell (1927-2003) was born in Manhasset, NY and began singing in high school as a baritone. An audition with famed Italian baritone Giuseppe Danise resulted in the revelation that Morell was not, in fact, a baritone but a tenor. Six years of intensive study followed and Morell successfully made the transition from baritone to tenor. He made his stage debut (at the relatively late age of 28) as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with New York City Opera in 1955. This opera served as the vehicle for Morell’s Metropolitan Opera debut three years later, on November 1st, 1958. During his twenty-one seasons at the Met, the tenor sang over 250 performances, both in house and on tour, of some nineteen roles, including the Duke in Rigoletto, Macduff in Macbeth, Gabriele in Simon Boccanegra, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Alfredo in La Traviata, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La Bohčme, Enzo in La Gioconda, Lensky in Yevgeny Onegin, the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Don José in Carmen and the title role in Faust. Interestingly, Morell’s career at the Met was book-ended by Butterfly…Pinkerton was the role in his final performance there on February 19th, 1979. In addition to his New York opera career, Morell was quite busy on the international scene, with frequent appearances in Chicago, San Francisco, Rome, London, Vienna, Barcelona, Santiago and Buenos Aires. Morell retired from the stage in 1986 and passed away at his home on Cape Cod in 2003.

Barry Morell has been the subject of much controversy among opera fans during the past thirty or so years. There seems to be a division between listeners who opine that he was a very fine singer and musically sensitive artist who possessed a sturdy, lirico-spinto tenor instrument and those who claim that he was an unsatisfying performer, whose thin, tiny voice couldn’t be heard over the orchestra. Certainly, Morell was not the possessor of a voice of heroic proportions. However, an artist with a voice as inaudibly small as claimed by the tenor’s detractors could scarcely have coped with the demands of such roles as Don Alvaro, Cavaradossi, Enzo, Don José and Faust in a house the size of the Met. A more honest and fair assertion is that Barry Morell was an inconsistent performer who had more than a few bad nights during the course of his thirty-year career. While he never had the star power of a Corelli or a Tucker, Morell was the Met’s go to tenor for matinees, tours and short notice covers. In fact, about one third of his performances with the company were given on tour in Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, Memphis and Toronto.

Today, Barry Morell’s reputation lies mainly in his many phonograph recordings, made for Westminster and RCA. These recordings reveal an exciting, lirico-spinto voice, surprisingly Italianate, with a robust middle range and focused top notes. Even Morell’s fine catalogue of recordings has been the subject of controversy. Self-styled critics have pointed out that a mediocre vocalist such as Morell could never have been given a recording contract without some sort of nepotism. It has often been said that Morell’s father was an executive at RCA who used his influence to secure a recording project for his son. As Morell’s first recordings were made for Westminster, his father’s supposed connection to RCA would not have carried much weight. Besides, Morell’s father was in the garment business, NOT the recording business. Sadly, this story will continue to circulate, diminishing the reputation of a fine singer. Luckily, Morell’s recordings give listeners the opportunity to form their own opinions as to the tenor’s vocal artistry. This recording of "O tu che in seno agli angeli" from Verdi's La Forza del Destino was recorded in Vienna in May of 1968.

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Giuseppe Giacomini O tu che in seno agli angeli La Forza del Destino Giuseppe Verdi 46949
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Omaggio a Giuseppe Di Stefano Oh tu che in seno agli angeli 116754
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Franco Corelli O tu che in seno agli angeli La Forza del Destino G Verdi 1954 46950
5 - Franco Corelli

Tenore AURELIANO PERTILE La forza del destino O tu che in seno agli angeli 1928 46963
5 - Aureliano Pertile
O tu che in seno agli angeli La forza del destino Jose Cura 46955
5 - José Cura

Mario Lanza tenor O tu che in seno agli angeli  46978
5 - Mario Lanza

Richard Tucker Verdi Oh tu che in seno agli angeli 116757
5 - Richard Tucker

Mario Del Monaco sings O tu che in seno agli angeli from La Forza del Destino 116759
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Tenore FLAVIANO LABa La forza del destino O tu che in seno agli angeli scena e aria 1956 46965
5 - Flaviano Labň

Placido DomingoForse la soglia attinse O tu che in seno agli angeli 116765
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Salvatore Licitra La forza del destino O tu che in seno agli angeli 116767
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Jose Carreras Verdi La Forza del Destino La vita e inferno O tu che in seno agli angeli  46967
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Riccardo Massi O tu che in seno agli angeli la forza del destino 116771
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5 - Galliano Masini
MAX LORENZ Forza del destino Die Welt ist nur ein Traum der Holle O tu che in seno agli angeli 116778
5 - Max Lorenz

Roberto Alagna La vita e inferno O tu che in seno agli angeli La forza del destino 116779
5 - Roberto Alagna
Gino Penno O tu che in seno agli angeli Naples 1954 46983
5 - Gino Penno

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5 - Franco Bonisolli
O tu che in seno agli angeli Enrico Caruso Victrola Credenza 116785
5 - Enrico Caruso

Tenore MARIO FILIPPESCHI La forza del destino O tu che in seno agli angeli 1956 46961
5 - Mario Filippeschi

Manuel Salazar Forza del Destino 116789
5 - Giovanni Martinelli

Fernando De Lucia 18601925 La Forza del Destino O tu che in seno agli angeli Phonotype M 1798 116791
5 - Fernando De Lucia
Tenore BRUNO PREVEDI La forza del destino O tu che in seno agli angeli 1964 116793
5 - Bruno Prevedi

Carlo Albani O tu che in seno agli angeli 116794
6 - Enrico Delle Sedie
Francesco Merli Sings O tu che in seno agli angeli From La Forza del Destino 116795
5 - Francesco Merli

FABIO ARMILIATO La vita e infernoO tu che in seno agli angeli Vienna 28062010 116797
5 - Fabio Armiliato
Franz Volker O tu che in seno agli angeli 116801
5 - Franz Völker

Verdi La Forza del Destino O tu che in seno Helge Rosvaenge Wien 1959 46973
5 - Helge Rosvaenge
CARLO BERGONZI O TU CHE IN SENO AGLI ANGELI LA FORZA DEL DESTINOVERDI 46962
5 - Carlo Bergonzi

Barry Morell O tu che in seno agli angeli 116818
5 - Barry Morell
La forza del destino Act III O tu che in seno agli angeli 116831
5 - Nicola Martinucci

La forza del destino Act III O tu che in seno agli angeli 116841
5 - Giovanni Zenatello
O Tu Che In Seno Agli Angeli performed by Ray Bauwens 116788
5 - David Daniels
6 - Richard Conrad

Tenore GIUSEPPE RADAELLI La forza del destino O tu che in seno agli angeli  46987
5 - Aureliano Pertile
5 - Francesco Merli
6 - Carlo Tagliabue

Marcello Ferraresi sings O tu che in seno agli angeli from La Forza del Destino 116802
5 - Beniamino Gigli
5 - Giuseppe Di Stefano
5 - Mario Del Monaco
5 - Nicola Martinucci
5 - Plácido Domingo
6 - Carlo Tagliabue
6 - Leo Nucci

La forza del destino Act III O tu che in seno agli angeli 116826
5 - Franco Corelli
6 - Giangiacomo Guelfi
La forza del destino Atto Terzo O tu che in seno agli angeli Alvaro 116837
5 - Carlo Bergonzi
6 - Derek Hammond-Stroud
6 - Geraint Evans
6 - Ruggero Raimondi

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

ALVAROO tu che seno agli angeliEternamente pura,Salisti bella, incolumeDalla mortal jattura,Non iscordar di volgereLo sguardo a me tapino,Che senza nome ed esule,In odio del destino,Chiedo anelando,Ahi misero,La morte d'incontrar.Leonora mia, soccorrimi,Pietŕ del mio penar!Pietŕ di me!

English Libretto or Translation:

ALVARO

Oh, you who have ascended, forever pure,
to the bosom of the angels,
lovely and untouched
by mortal sorrow,
do not forget
to look down on me, unhappy wretch,
who, nameless and exiled,
the prey of fate,
longingly seeks to encounter death,
unfortunate that I am!
Leonora, help me,
have pity on my anguish.
Help me, have pity on me!

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

Operatic Anthology: TenorAnthology of Italian Opera: TenorCantolopera: Arias for Dramatic TenorCantolopera: Arias for Tenor Volume 4Franco CorelliVerdi: Favorite Tenor Arias

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