Rossini & Donizetti: French Bel Canto Arias, 2020

Roberta Pedrotti


The categories defined during the 20th century often led to forcing or misrepresenting the perception of previous centuries’ vocality. This could be the case of the French repertoire, for which the Parisian experience of Rossini and Donizetti provides interesting material for reflection. In this direction moves the selection proposed by Lisette Oropesa in her last cd, that starts precisely with Rossini, with the roles written for Laure Cinti-Damoreau, from the tragic stature of Pamyra (Le Siège de Corinthe), to the spicy and sophisticated comedy of Adèle (Le Comte Ory) and the immersion in nature of Mathilde in Guillaume Tell. Even the choice and interpretation of Donizetti’s arias mark the link with the Italian source and then define a new French idiomaticity, represented here by Pauline (Les Martyrs), Lucie de Lammermoor and Marie (La Fille du régiment).

Italian musicians in Paris – Gioachino Rossini – Gaetano Donizetti – Lisette Oropesa – Corrado Rovaris

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DOI: 10.17422/ISSN.2283-8716/1062