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The Art of Recycling

Donald Macleod explains how Bellini turned his failed opera Zaira into success by recycling material in his reworking of the Romeo and Juliet story: I Capuleti e I Montecchi.

Bellini's opera Zaira was nearly left unperformed due to his librettist Felice Romani refusing to shave his moustache, then considered illegal by the local Palma authorities! Though the opera was a failure, Bellini was able to recycle the best material for his new reworking of the Romeo and Juliet story: I Capuleti e I Montecchi, which went on to be a great success. We learn about the beginnings of his ill health that recurred throughout his short lifetime, and hear four of his songs. Presented by Donald Macleod.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Zaira - Act 1 Aria: Amo ed amato io sono

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra. Performer: Geoffrey Mitchell Choir. Conductor: David Parry. Singer: Yvonne Kenny. Singer: Lynne Dawson.
    • OPERA RARA : orch-104 a/c.
    • OPERA RARA.
    • 2.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Zaira - final act (extract)

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra. Performer: Geoffrey Mitchell Choir. Conductor: David Parry. Singer: Yvonne Kenny. Singer: Lynne Dawson.
    • OPERA RARA : orch-104 a/c.
    • OPERA RARA.
    • 2.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Zaira - Act 1 Aria: Amo ed amato io sono

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra. Performer: Geoffrey Mitchell Choir. Conductor: David Parry. Singer: Yvonne Kenny. Singer: Lynne Dawson.
    • OPERA RARA : orch-104 a/c.
    • OPERA RARA.
    • 2.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Ma Rendi Pur Contento - Arietta For Voice And Piano [no.6 Of "6 Ariette Da Camer

    Performer: Miguel Zanetti. Singer: Montserrat Caballé.
    • FORLANE UCD 10.902.
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    • 6.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Ma Rendi Pur Contento - Arietta For Voice And Piano [no.6 Of "6 Ariette Da Camer

    Performer: Miguel Zanetti. Singer: Montserrat Caballé.
    • FORLANE UCD 10.902.
    • FORLANE UCD.
    • 6.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    L' Allegro Marinaro - Ballata For Voice And Piano

    Performer: Miguel Zanetti. Singer: Montserrat Caballé.
    • FORLANE UCD 10.902.
    • FORLANE UCD.
    • 18.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    L' Allegro marinaro

    Performer: Miguel Zanetti. Singer: Montserrat Caballé.
    • FORLANE UCD 10.902.
    • FORLANE UCD.
    • 18.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    L' Allegro Marinaro - Ballata For Voice And Piano

    Performer: Miguel Zanetti. Singer: Montserrat Caballé.
    • FORLANE UCD 10.902.
    • FORLANE UCD.
    • 18.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Malinconia, Ninfa Gentile - Arietta For Voice And Piano [no.1 Of "6 Ariette Da C

    Performer: James Levine. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli.
    • DECCA : 455 513-2-.
    • DECCA.
    • 7.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Malinconia, ninfa gentile

    Performer: James Levine. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli.
    • DECCA : 455 513-2-.
    • DECCA.
    • 7.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Malinconia, Ninfa Gentile - Arietta For Voice And Piano [no.1 Of "6 Ariette Da C

    Performer: James Levine. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli.
    • DECCA : 455 513-2-.
    • DECCA.
    • 7.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    L' Abbandono - Romanza Act 2 finale: Deserto e il luogo… Ah, crudel! Che mai facesti?

    Performer: James Levine. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli.
    • DECCA : 455 513-2-.
    • DECCA.
    • 5.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    L' Abbandono

    Performer: James Levine. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli.
    • DECCA : 455 513-2-.
    • DECCA.
    • 5.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    L' Abbandono - Romanza Act 2 finale: Deserto e il luogo… Ah, crudel! Che mai facesti?

    Performer: James Levine. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli.
    • DECCA : 455 513-2-.
    • DECCA.
    • 5.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    I Capuleti Ed I Montecchi - Opera

    Orchestra: Vienna S O.. Conductor: Fabio Luisi. Singer: Anna Netrebko. Singer: Elīna Garanča.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : 477-8031.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 7.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    I Capuleti ed i Montecchi (Act 2) finale

    Orchestra: Vienna S O.. Conductor: Fabio Luisi. Singer: Anna Netrebko. Singer: Elīna Garanča.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : 477-8031.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 7.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    I Capuleti Ed I Montecchi - Opera

    Orchestra: Vienna S O.. Conductor: Fabio Luisi. Singer: Anna Netrebko. Singer: Elīna Garanča.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : 477-8031.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 7.

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