Eagerly awaited by Festival audiences, the series of Bel Canto concerts is here again. Angela Meade will inaugurate the series with a concert on Saturday 17th August at 4.00 p.m. at the Teatro Rossini.
This American soprano makes her first appearance at the Rossini Opera Festival with a solo concert that re-examines, with a broader scope, the meaning of the term bel canto, as a performing style applicable also to a wider range of repertoire than is usually historically associated with it. And this is not by chance: her brilliant international career has, in fact, ranged through a wide and varied repertoire, from Händel to Puccini, by way of Mozart and Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi, but always under the banner of a singing style firmly based on bel canto.
In this journey from Bellini to Strauss, almost a century of music, the differences in style will therefore seem less wide apart than any mere dates might suggest.
The programme includes pieces by Vincenzo Bellini (“Casta diva” from Norma and the songs “Vaga luna che inargenti” and “Ma rendi pur contento”), Giacomo Meyerbeer (the songs “Le voeu pendant l’orage”, “La fille de l’air”, “Ma barque légère” and “Sicilienne”, and “Robert, toi que j’aime” from Robert le diable), Robert Schumann (Arabesque Op. 18 for solo piano), Erich Wolfgang Korngold (“Mariettas Lied” from Die tote Stadt) and Richard Strauss (the Lieder “Ständchen” , “Allerseelen”, “Befreit” and “Zueignung”).
The second and last in this series of Bel Canto concerts will be given on Thursday 22nd August at 4.00 p.m., as usual at the Teatro Rossini.