Nicola Alaimo, the applauded protagonist of La gazzetta, will close this year’s Concerti di Belcanto with his recital on Friday 21st August at 5.00 p.m. at the Auditorium Pedrotti, accompanied at the piano by Richard Barker.
The programme includes pieces by L. Denza (Occhi di fata), S. Gastaldon (Musica proibita), P. Mascagni (Serenata), G. Rossini (Air de Guillaume “Sois immobile, et vers la terre” from Guillaume Tell), V. Bellini (Riccardo’s Recitative, Aria and Cabaletta “O dove fuggo mai….Ah, per sempre io ti perdei….Bel sogno beato” from I puritani), G. Donizetti (Severo’s Recitative, Aria and Cabaletta “Decio, signor del mondo….Di tua beltade immagine….No l’acciar non fu spietato” from Poliuto), G. Verdi (the honour monologue “L’onore? Ladri!” from Falstaff), J. Massenet (Sancho Panza’s Aria “Riez, allez, riez du pauvre idéologue” from Don Quichotte).
Born in Palermo, the baritone won the Di Stefano Competition when very young. Chosen by Muti for the title rôle in Don Pasquale at Ravenna and on tour, for Moïse et Pharaon at the Rome Opera and for Il matrimonio inaspettato at Pisa and Ravenna, he made his first American appearances in Simon Boccanegra with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and at the Metropolitan, returning to the Met for L’elisir d’amore and Falstaff. Recent successes include: La Cenerentola at Salzburg, Don Pasquale and Le Comte Ory at La Scala; La Cenerentola and La forza del destino in Paris; Attila, Don Pasquale and La traviata in Rome; Don Pasquale in Madrid; L’elisir d’amore in Berlin; Poliuto in Amsterdam; Simon Boccanegra and Lucia di Lammermoor in Palermo; Belisario in London; La traviata and I puritani in Turin; Stiffelio in Monte Carlo. He has appeared as Guillaume Tell in Brussels, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo and Paris (TCE).
Performances at the Rossini Opera Festival: 2010 La Cenerentola (Dandini); 2011 Il barbiere di Siviglia (Bartolo) and Bel Canto Concert; 2012 Matilde di Shabran (Aliprando); 2013 Guillaume Tell (title rôle).