The second and last in the series of Bel Canto concerts, always eagerly awaited by Festival audiences, will take place on Thursday 22nd August at 4.00 p.m. at the Teatro Rossini. In this way the tenor Antonino Siragusa will celebrate his twenty years of association with the ROF after having triumphantly concluded his series of appearances as Idreno in Semiramide. He will be accompanied at the piano by Gianni Fabbrini.
They have prepared a programme touching Rossini only en passant, with two witty piano pieces taken from the Péchés de vieillesse (two Riens, or trifles, as the composer entitles them, playing them down) and one of the most difficult arias from the opera Ermione, which Siragusa sang triumphantly at the ROF in 2008.
For the rest, Siragusa offers a selection from his operatic warhorses: we have Mozart in “Un’aura amorosa” (Così fan tutte); we have Tonio’s notoriously difficult aria from La fille du regiment which will give him the chance to nonchalantly sing at least eight high Cs; There is the passionate fire of Roméo’s invocation to the sun (Roméo et Juliette); finally, we have the overwhelming melancholy of “Una furtive lagrima” in which the humble Nemorino muses over his love for Adina (L’elisir d’amore).
In the second part of the concert, Siragusa will concentrate on the higher class of salon song from the late nineteenth century and the popular song from the beginning of the twentieth that derives from it.
We shall hear two of the most famous and at the same time refined songs of Francesco Paolo Tosti: Ideale and L’alba separa dalla luce l’ombra. These are followed by Musica proibita by Stanislao Gastaldon and the lyric in Sicilian dialect …e vui durmiti ancora by Giovanni Formisano, set to music by Gaetano Emanuel Calì. And to bring the evening to a close, one of the most famous songs all over the world: Granada, a love song embracing a whole city set to music by the Mexican composer Agustín Lara in a galaxy of sensual colours.