Mascagni

Pavarotti sings two beautiful arias from Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz

One of the lesser known operas that Pavarotti recorded was the beautiful Mascagni opera L’amico Fritz. Pavarotti never sang this opera on stage but he recorded it in 1968.

On this recording Pavarotti sang the role of Fritz opposite Mirella Freni who sang the role of Suzel. Gianandrea Gavazzeni conducted the Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

This very beautiful recording  was issued several times by EMI and EMI Classics. Today this recording is available on Warner Classics. A must-have for Pavarotti fans! 🙂

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The most famous piece from this opera is the Cherry duet which Pavarotti also performed on stage and recorded on several occasions.

I’ll come back to the Cherry duet in another post. Let’s instead focus on the two beautiful arias by Fritz in this opera.

The two arias are “Tutto ho tentato” (act II) and “Ed anchè Beppe amò” (act III). The last aria is also known as “O amore, o bella luce del core” when the first minute of the aria is cut. Both versions appear on various EMI Classics compilations.

Now it’s time to listen to Pavarotti singing these two beautiful arias from the Mascagni opera L’amico Fritz from the 1968 recording. Enjoy!

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This post was first published 27-05-2015. Last revised 27-05-2015.

Pavarotti arias A-Z: A for “Apri la tua finestra!”

I’m starting a new series of posts today: Pavarotti arias A-Z (!!!). Let’s go!

We start with the letter A for “Apri la tua finestra!” which is a lovely aria from the Mascagni opera Iris. This recording is taken from Pavarotti’s studio album Verismo arias.

Look out for a new aria tomorrow! 🙂

This post was first published 19-04-2015. Last revised 19-04-2015.

Happy 80th birthday, Mirella Freni!

Today is the 80th birthday of the great Italian soprano Mirella Freni. She wasn’t just one of Pavarotti’s most important singing partners, she was also a lifelong friend of Pavarotti.

Mirella Freni was born on 27 February 1935, in the same year as Pavarotti. She was born in the little Italian town of Modena, just as Pavarotti. Their life turned out so that they became lifelong friends and colleagues on the operatic stage. They also recorded many complete operas together.

We celebrate the 80th birthday of the great Mirella Freni with three operatic duets by Luciano and Mirella together! The three operatic duets are in running order:

  • O soave fanciulla from Puccini’s La bohème (live 1996)
  • Tutto apprendi, o sventurato from Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell (studio 1978-79)
  • Cherry Duet from Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz (studio 1968)

As a bonus video I give you Luciano and Mirella in rehearsal for Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. What fun they were having! They can’t stop giggling!

Happy birthday, Mirella bella! 🙂

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This post was first published 27-02-2015. Last revised 27-02-2015.