This duet with Catherine Malfitano from the end of Act 1 of Madama Butterfly was my debut at Teatro Allo Scala (La Scala) in Milan. Catherine was a fantastic Butterfly and a wonderful colleague. The conductor, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, had been a concertmaster for Toscanini—so he knew a thing or two about Puccini!!
Above is a video produced to promote the DVD of SIMON BOCCANEGRA, featuring Kiri Te Kanawa, Michael Sylvester, Alexandru Agache and Roberto Scanduzzi from Covent Garden with Sir Georg Solti Conducting.
The very same SIMON BOCCANEGRA as above, Act 1 duet between Amelia (Kiri Te Kanawa) and Adorno (Michael Sylvester) and the Adorno/Fiesco duet that follows. At the end Adorno’s aria.
Adorno’s aria, O! Inferno, from SIMON BOCCANEGRA.
This is the Counsel Chambers scene from the same SIMON BOCCANEGRA.
The Finale to the SIMON BOCCANEGRA referenced above.http://youtu.be/W46AcTBruQc
This is from the MET’s Sony Classical recording of Verdi’s DON CARLO (Sylvester, Millo, Furlanetto, Zajick, Chernov, Ramey, Plishka; James Levine, conductor) This is the Recit section before the aria (which is below). Why they chose to split them I do not know.
Carlo’s aria, which begins with the recit section above. Not sure why they split them into two videos.
This is from the MET’s Sony Classical recording of Verdi’s DON CARLO (Sylvester, Millo, Furlanetto, Zajick, Chernov, Ramey, Plishka; James Levine, conductor)
The famed (and over-used) Nessun dorma from Puccini’s TURANDOT. This is David Hockney’s beautiful production, filmed in at the San Francisco Opera and available on DVD. (Snide comment: this is the real, in original key and uncut version of this aria.)
The lesser known aria from from Puccini’s TURANDOT, Non piangere, Liu. As above, also from David Hockney’s beautiful production, filmed in at the San Francisco Opera and available on DVD.
The clip above is from a 1987 performance of Bellini’s NORMA in Caracas, Venezuela. The cast was Adelaida Negri (Norma), Nina Moreno (Adalgisa) and Michael Sylvester (Pollione). Negri was a last minute replacement for the scheduled soprano, who had become ill right before rehearsals began.
A clip from Cherubini’s Medea, the aria Or che piu non vedro.