Inaugural Concert

by Gaetano Donizetti
  • November 2018
    13:26 > 16:26
    3 hours
Find out more about the Cast , the Composition , the Composer

Inaugural Concert


Press & Reviews

Opera Click
Federica Faldetta
Palermo - Teatro Massimo: "Delirio", recital di Jessica Pratt
This review refers to Delirio at Teatro Massimo.
her harmonics fill the great hall of the theatre inebriating us with the last fireworks and demonstrating until the end that an extreme mastery of the vocal technique combined with an intense interpretation generates a natural and spontaneous singing. "
Fabrizio Simone
Jessica Pratt e l’OFB enchant the GiordanoTheatre
This review refers to Gala Lirica Sinfonico at Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento.
That Pratt sings Mozart or sings Donizetti, the result is always the same: the audience is literally delirious, overwhelming the soprano with crashing applause. So it was at the end of the first aria of the Queen of the Night, and even more after Der Holle Rache Kocht in meinem Herzen, but the “Scena di pazzia" was greeted with an ovation even more clamorou. After three curtain calls Pratt gave an encore, Summertime (always Gershwin) to which the audience responded with a further enthusiastic applause.

The Composition

Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce...Ardon gli incensi... Spargi d'amaro pianto

Libretto written in italian by Salvadore Cammarano, was first premiered on a Saturday on September 26 of 1835
Raimondo has just interrupted the marriage celebrations to tell the guests that Lucia has gone mad and killed her bridegroom Arturo. Lucia enters. In the aria she imagines being with Edgardo, soon to be happily married.
RAIMONDO Eccola! CHORUS Oh giusto cielo! Par dalla tomba uscita! LUCIA Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce!...Ah, quella voce m'è qui nel cor discesa! Edgardo, io ti son resa, Edgardo, ah, Edgardo mio! Sì, ti son resa, fuggita io son da' tuoi nemici. Un gelo mi serpeggia nel sen! Trema ogni fibra!...Vacilla il piè! Presso la fonte meco t'assidi alquanto. Ohimè! Sorge il tremendo fantasma, e ne separa! Ohimè! Ohimè! Edgardo! Edgardo! Ah! Il fantasma ne separa! Qui ricovriamo, Edgardo, a piè dell'ara. Sparsa è di rose!...Un'armonia celeste, di', non ascolti? Ah! L'inno suona di nozze! Il rito per noi s'appresta!...Oh me felice! Edgardo, Edgardo, oh me felice! Oh, gioia che si sente e non si dice! Ardon gli incensi...splendon le sacre faci, splendon intorno! Ecco il Ministro! Porgimi la destra...Oh, lieto giorno! Alfin son tua, alfin sei mio, a me ti dona un Dio. Spargi d'amaro pianto Il mio terrestre velo, Mentre lassù nel cielo Io pregherò, pregherò per te Al giunger tuo soltanto Fia bello il ciel per me! Ah sì, ah sì, ah sì per me Fia bello il ciel Il ciel per me Ah sì, ah sì, ah sì per me Sì, per me... per me... Ah sì Spargi d'amaro pianto Il mio terrestre velo, Mentre lassù nel cielo Io pregherò,…

Gaetano Donizetti

Short biography of the composer
Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti (29 November 1797 – 8 April 1848) along with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, was a leading composer of the bel canto opera style during the first half of the nineteenth century. Born in Bergamo in Lombardy, was taken, at an early age, under the wing of composer Simon Mayr who had enrolled him by means of a full scholarship. Mayr was also instrumental in obtaining a place for the young man at the Bologna Academy, where, at the age of 19, he wrote his first one-act opera, the comedy Il Pigmalione. Over the course of his career, Donizetti wrote almost 70 operas. An offer in 1822 from Domenico Barbaja, the impresario of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, which followed the composer's ninth opera, led to his move to that city and his residency there which lasted until the production of Caterina Cornaro in January 1844. In all, Naples presented 51 of Donizetti's operas. Before 1830, success came primarily with his comic operas, the serious ones failing to attract significant audiences. However, his first notable success came with an opera seria, Zoraida di Granata, which was presented in 1822 in Rome. In 1830, when Anna Bolena was premiered, Donizetti made a major impact on the Italian and international opera scene and this shifted the balance of success away from primarily comedic operas, although even after that date, his best-known works included comedies such as L'elisir d'amore (1832) and Don Pasquale (1843). Significant historical dramas did appear and became successful; they included Lucia di Lammermoor (the first to have a libretto written by Salvatore Cammarano) given in Naples in 1835, and one of the most successful Neapolitan operas, Roberto Devereux in 1837. Up to that point, all of his operas had been set to Italian libretti. Donizetti found himself increasingly chafing against the censorial limitations which existed in Italy (and especially in Naples). From about 1836, he became interested in working in Paris, where he saw much greater freedom to choose subject matter, in addition to receiving larger fees and greater prestige. From 1838 onward, with an offer from the Paris Opéra for two new works, he spent a considerable period of the following ten years in that city, and set several operas to French texts as well as overseeing staging of his Italian works. The first opera was a French version of the then-unperformed Poliuto which, in April 1840, was revised to become Les martyrs. Two new operas were also given in Paris at that time. As the 1840s progressed, Donizetti moved regularly between Naples, Rome, Paris, and Vienna continuing to compose and stage his own operas as well as those of other composers. But from around 1843, severe illness began to take hold and to limit his activities. Eventually, by early 1846 he was obliged to be confined to an institution for the mentally ill and, by late 1847, friends had him moved back to Bergamo, where he died in April 1848.
Jessica has also performed in the following operas from the same composer:


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