Jennifer Larmore is an internationally known Rossini singer. Her partner in this duet is the luminous Hei-Kyung Hong, who primarily appeared at the Metropolitan Opera.
Rossini’s Armida probably achieved its post-war ( WWII, that is) popularity on the basis of the spectacular soprano aria “D’amore al dolce impero”. But the opera cannot live by d’amore alone. It takes 3 superb tenors to do it justice. Here, from a legendary concert performance in Amsterdam, at about minute 17, the remarkable Bruce Ford leads the way.
BTW Ford offered an explanation of why he was not wearing a tux. Those who travel a lot by air can probably guess.
Ermione seems to defy all conventional categories; it’s unlikely we’ll see a performance that matches this one any time soon. Video quality shows its age, but the performance by Rockwell Blake is surely worth it.
Rossini’s father was a horn player, perhaps the composer was inspired by playing he heard at home? Many thanks to the Danish music writer and lecturer, Henrik Engelbrecht for this link. Engelbrecht, a Danish author and lecturer was the inspiration for our musical advent calendar; a few years ago he featured one with tenors which was a pure delight.
In Rossini’s day people often became familiar with his works through piano adaptations played in a home. Czerny arranged this masterpiece but not likely for a performance in a private home! You may spot some pianists you recognize!
Welcome to our first Rossini advent calendar!
Be sure to see our daily posts in the News section below.
For those who might be unfamiliar with the concept, traditional advent calendars typically have pictures ( seasonal or religious) hidden behind small numbered “doors”. Some include chocolate or other treats.
Our calendar does not have doors; however we do offer a Rossini treat each day when you come to visit our site. Welcome to those who come here from Twitter and Facebook; we hope you will return each day until our finale on the 24th. You will find these treats in the NEWS section below.
Our treats are curated this year with a special focus; simply, the contribution of American artists to the rich Rossini heritage which was established during the Rossini Renaissance. Not because American artists are better, not at all, but to demonstrate that in spite of the challenges ( Rossini has never been “big” in the US) these artists believed in this great composer and cultivated him. There will be some instrumental treats in between.
Shortly after the first of the year we will announce new initiatives as a way to do our part to make sure that Rossini will thrive as we emerge from this difficult period. Perhaps a new Rossini renaissance awaits?
We shall return >
American singers have been infrequent participants in the Accademia Rossiniana, but this summer a delightful young baritone, Dean Murphy, a Boston area native, was there and became an audience favorite in his two appearances in the ever popular “Il Viaggio a Reims”. Dean graciously offered to answer some questions for us about his background and career. Read More
Fans of Rossini know the name Alberto Zedda. Those who are unfamiliar and interested in Rossini should find out more about the man and how much he contributed to the music world.
Now there’s a website where all can learn more. Text (in Italian – use google translate if needed), photos, audios – it’s a wonderful tribute.
Marie Ross, whose popular Fidelio Podcast may be known to some ARS members, graciously agreed to take time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions related to her passion for original instruments, Rossini, and her career in general. The episodes of the Podcast are eclectic. Of particular interest is her “My year of living dangerously, 4 Rossini operas in one year”. Read More