Jessica Pratt at the Belcanto Concerts

16 August 2012

The second in our series of Belcanto Concerts will take place on Saturday 18th August at 5.00 p.m. at the Auditorium Pedrotti: the singer will be Jessica Pratt, greatly admired for her interpretation of the rôle of Amira in Ciro in Babilonia

The soprano was born in Australia and studies with Lella Cuberli.  She has sung with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Thielemann, Gelmetti, Allemandi, Weikert and Santi.  She has sung at La Scala (Le convenienze e inconvenienze teatrali, the prima donna), Covent Garden (Die Zauberflöte, Queen of the Night), the Rome Opera (Candide, Cunegonde), the Baths of Caracalla (Rigoletto, Gilda), Vienna, Zürich, Bologna, Florence, Genoa and Venice (Lucia di Lammermoor), the Lombardy Circuit, Sassari and Toulon (I puritani, Elvira), Tel Aviv (La Juive, Eudoxie), Garsington (Armida), St. Gallen and the Lombardy Circuit (La sonnambula, Amina), Salerno (I puritani, Elvira and Roméo et Juliette, Juliette) and the New Year Concert at La Fenice, Lucia di Lammermoor again at Naples and Tel Aviv, La sonnambula in Venice, Ciro in Babilonia at Caramoor, I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Reims and Salerno, Il campanello and Demetrio e Polibio in Naples, as well as Lucrezia Borgia in Lima with Flórez.  This year marks her return to Pesaro after singing the title rôle in  Adelaide di Borgogna here last year.

The programme of the concert, in which Giulio Zappa will accompany Jessica Pratt at the piano, includes Palmide’s aria “D’una madre sventurata” from “Il crociato in Egitto” by Giacomo Meyerbeer; the willow song from Rossini’s “Otello” and Semiramide’s Cavatina “Bel raggio lusinghier” from his Semiramide; Isabella’s cavatina “Figli a una sola patria” from La sposa di messina by Nicola Vaccaj; Linda’s recitative and aria “Ah! tardai troppo….O luce di quest’anima” from Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix.  In conclusion, three numbers by Bellini: Beatrice’s Cavatina   “Ma la sola, ohimè! Son’io” from Beatrice di Tenda; Giulietta’s recitative and aria “Eccomi in,lieta vesta….Oh! Quante volte, oh quante!” from I Capuleti e i Montecchi; the Scena and Aria sung by Amina in the final scene of La sonnambula, “Oh se una volta sola….Ah! non credea mirarti”.

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