Tosca

Pavarotti arias A-Z: R for “Recondita armonia”

My series of posts with Pavarotti arias A-Z continues. Let’s go!

Today is the letter R for “Recondita armonia” which is a wonderful aria from the Puccini opera Tosca.

Listen to performance from Italian TV. I guess it’s from the 1980’s.

Guess what! Look out for a new aria tomorrow!

This post was first published 07-05-2015. Last revised 07-05-2015.

The great Pavarotti shouts out “Vittoria! Vittoria!” in Tosca

One of Pavarotti’s signature roles was as the painter Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini‘s opera Tosca. In fact, this was the last role Pavarotti sang on the operatic stage.

One of the dramatic and vocal highlights of the opera is the scene in act II when Cavaradossi shouts out “Vittoria! Vittoria!” (Victory!  Victory!).

Here are six examples with Pavarotti spanning the years between 1978 and 2004. All except one are live recordings. Some videos also contain the entire scene.

So here we go: Pavarotti shows us what he is made of when shouting out “Vittoria! Vittoria!” at the top of his lungs.

More on Pavarotti in Tosca in future posts!

Metropolitan Opera, 1978

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Metropolitan Opera, 1978 (entire scene in the performance above)

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Decca studio recording, 1978

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La Scala, 1980

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Rome Opera, 2000

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Metropolitan opera, 2004 (Pavarotti’s last Tosca performance)

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Bonus: The ultimate Cavaradossi sing-off: Twelve tenors (!!!), including Pavarotti from 1985 (unknown)

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This post was first published 05-10-2014. Last revision 05-10-2014.

Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballé on record and stage

As I reported last year, the great Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé suffered a small stroke and broke an arm late in October 2012. I haven’t found any news anywhere on how Caballé is recovering, so any information from you readers out there is really appreciated.

Montserrat Caballé’s 80th birthday is on April 12th this year. I guess that’s why Decca re-released the 2 CD Decca collection “Vissi d’arte: The magnificent voice of Montserrat Caballé” last month (also available on Decca download and streaming).

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This collection includes highlights from Caballé’s Decca recordings, including all her six collaborations with Pavarotti:

This 2 CD collection is of course highly recommended, as are all the complete opera recordings of the six operas above, all available on Decca CD, download and streaming.

Pavarotti and Caballé collaborated also on stage, and to celebrate this, here are two videos (audio only) from two live performances: Luisa Miller (probably from La Scala, 1976) and Tosca (from San Francisco Opera, 1978). What wonderful duets!

All the best to the great Montserrat Caballé! Ti voglio bene, madama Caballé!

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This post was originally published 14-03-2013. Last revision 14-03-2013.

Pavarotti Plus x 3 Tosca

Pavarotti sang in several concerts at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York with the title Pavarotti Plus. Pavarotti sang solo and duets with many of his operatic colleagues. These concerts were also broadcasted on TV. None of these concerts have been issued on DVD, at least not officially.

Here are three duets from the Pavarotti Plus concerts, all from the Puccini opera Tosca. Pavarotti sings together with Shirley Verrett in the first video from 1989 and with Leona Mitchell in the following two videos from 1990.

After seeing the last video with Pavarotti and Leona Mitchell in the last scene of Tosca I just have to say: Dammm, she’s good!

Pavarotti recorded and performed in Tosca many times in his career, and Tosca became the last opera he sang on the opera stage.

More gems from the Pavarotti Plus concerts and Pavarotti in Tosca in later posts! There’s so much to look forward to! 🙂

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Odd Pavarotti is doing odd jobs during the Olympics

This blogger, yours truly Odd Pavarotti, will not follow this thing that’s going on in London this summer called the The London 2012 Summer Olympics, or just London 2012. Odd Pavarotti will instead be working to improve this little blog of his.

This blogger feels that some changes are needed. So during the rest of the summer you’ll see that this blog is changing gradually. My aim is to:

  • Clean up categories and tags (It’s a mess, but I think I got it now!)
  • Edit various features on the right side of the blog (It’s too much!)
  • Create a separate link page for the links on the right side of the blog
  • Update blog posts (Update links, check for spelling errors and other errors)
  • Publicise old blog post on the Facebook page and my Twitter account
  • Other changes that I’m not aware of at the moment! (You’ll never know!)

But fear not! There will be some new blog posts during this cleanup period! So be sure to check in regularly!

So, Odd Pavarotti hopes for your understanding during the great summer cleanup of 2012. Hopefully it will be better when it’s over!

So, enjoy London 2012, while I’m working for you, my readers!

To ease you into this cleanup period I give you all Pavarotti singing “E lucevan le stelle” (from Puccini’s opera Tosca) from his famous concert in London’s Hyde Park in 1991. And as you know by now: This concert is available on Decca CD and DVD.