Planning a holiday in Spain? How about a trip to the beautiful Spanish city of Granada? And why not let the great Pavarotti take you there?
One song that Pavarotti included in his concert repertoire late in his career was the song “Granada” by the Mexican composer Agustín Lara. And you are quite right! This song is really about the Spanish city of Granada!
In the following two videos Pavarotti sings this beautiful song from live performances in Llangollen, Wales in 1995 and in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1997.
Pavarotti of course performed in Spain many times, but more about that in later posts. Now it’s time to book your next summer holiday to Spain! 🙂
This blog post no. 302 was first published 25-01-2016. Last revision 25-01-2016.
Summer is upon us once more! I just have one little question to you all: Are you ready for a wonderful Pavarotti summer? I’m sure you are! Here are three summer related Pavarotti tunes for you to start off your fantastic Pavarotti summer!
First off is the Italian traditional song “Vieni sul mar'” (“Come to the sea”), followed by the aria “Cielo e mar” (“Sky and sea”) from the Ponchielli opera La Gioconda. We finish with the pop song “Tu e il tuo mare” (“You and your sea”) from his last studio album “Ti Adoro”.
As you can see, we’re all off to the sea! Hope you’ll have a wonderful summer, at the sea or elsewhere! Wherever you are, take some Pavarotti tunes with you! 🙂
This post was first published 29-06-2015. Last revised 29-06-2015.
It’ summer! Still! The weather might not look a lot like summer where you are, but that summer feeling is hopefully there!
Some opera stories play out their drama in a specific season, but for some operas the season isn’t specified or isn’t relevant for the story of the opera.
The opera “L’elisir d’amore“ by Donizetti is for me the ultimate summer opera. I don’t know if that’s correct, but this opera gives me a summer feeling. The drama is light and funny, and all productions I’ve seen have looked like it’s summer. Or is it just because the drama takes place in a small Italian village that I therefore so easy conclude it’s summer?
Never mind! L’elisir d’amore reminds me of summer and is therefore a summer opera for me! Basta!
L’elisir d’amore is for me also the ultimate Pavarotti summer opera. The role of Nemorino was one of Pavarotti’s favorite roles, a role he also sang in the last stage of his operatic career.
Pavarotti in L’elisir d’amore is well represented on record. There are two audio and two video recordings available, in addition to several unofficial recordings. More about Pavarotti in L’elisir d’amore on record in another blog post.
Here are two videos from the two official video recordings. Both are from The Metropolitan Opera in New York, the first from 1981 and the second from 1991. Both operas were broadcast on TV.
This is my favorite Nemorino aria followed by my favorite Nemorino duet!
Enjoy Pavarotti’s Nemorino and enjoy what’s left of the summer!