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Fiamma Izzo D'amico Sings Opera Arias


Release Date: 04/18/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 49233   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiGiacomo PucciniFrancesco CilèaGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Whatever became of Fiamma Izzo d’Amico? She was born in Rome in 1964 into a family where both her parents as well as three of her four sisters were professionally involved in theatre, music or film. She made her debut in Turin in La Bohème and went on to sing within the next few years in many of the leading opera houses in Europe and the US. Karajan brought her to Salzburg and Berlin. In 1988 she made her debut at La Scala as Mimi, a role she also sang at her MET debut against Domingo. A comet career indeed, but then – silence. Searching the web I found her homepage and while my Italian isn’t exactly fluent it seemed anyway that her further career has been mainly in films. And she certainly has the looks for it. Listening to this Read more disc, which I hadn’t heard before, still made me wonder: did something serious happen to her voice? Judging from this recital, recorded when she was only 23, she had a stunning voice, lyrical and youthful but with a capacity to expand impressively, which she demonstrated in the opening number from Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan. The rest of the arias, with one exception, are lyrical and she is a glittering Norina in Don Pasquale, expressive with words and sporting a good trill. The Ernani aria is light and elegant, the coloratura in the cabaletta tossed off almost casually and with little grace notes added. In the Traviata aria she expresses all the contradictory feelings of Violetta and it’s a pity that EMI couldn’t afford to engage a tenor for Alfredo’s few off-stage phrases.

She is a lyrical Liù with a warmth that should melt the ice in which Turandot is symbolically enclosed. She sings some lovely pianissimos in Doretta’s dream. Suor Angelica’s Senza mamma is inward and her sorrow so palpable. She sings Butterfly’s aria with deep feeling, Manon Lescaut’s In quelle trine morbide is more youthful than one normally encounters in the theatre. That Mimi was a role close to her is obvious from the way she sings the Farewell aria from act 3.

The only French item – the other Manon singing her moving farewell to their little table – is just as enticing as the rest. Finally she moves into heavier repertoire with Adriana Lecouvreur, but this particular aria is primarily lyrical and when it comes to the dramatic outburst she has all the required heft.

So what went wrong? One can only guess, but listening closely: isn’t there occasionally a slight unevenness in her voice production – something that might reveal insufficient basic training. After some hectic years in big opera houses and possibly an aspiration towards heavier roles could this not develop into something more serious? There are also signs of slightly hesitant intonation but at this stage they pass practically unnoticed.

A couple of reviews I found gave contradictory experiences of the singer. Someone who had seen and heard a DVD with Don Carlo thought that she was a lousy actor but an excellent singer – and that in a spinto role – while a review from her debut at the Metropolitan admired her acting but demurred about some aspects of her singing.

Neither of these remarks is of any relevance concerning the present recital, back in the catalogue again after many years. As I have declared it shows the young singer in the best possible light. Had I heard the disc when it was first released almost twenty years ago I would have prophesied a great career for Fiamma Izzo d’Amico.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Don Pasquale: Quel guardo il cavaliere...So anch'io la virtù by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Language: Italian 
2. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Language: Italian 
3. Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Language: Italian 
4. Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Language: Italian 
5. Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins "Ecco, respiro appena". 
6. Maria di Rohan: Havvi un dì by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio no 1, Munich 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with the recitative "Infausto Imene". 
7. Ernani: Ernani, involami by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio no 1, Munich 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with the recitative "Surta è la notte". 
8. La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio no 1, Munich 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection Begins with the recitative "E strano...". 
9. Turandot: Tu, che di gel sei cinta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio no 1, Munich 
Language: Italian 
10. La Rondine: Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio no 1, Munich 
Language: Italian 
11. Manon: Adieu, notre petite table by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio no 1, Munich 
Language: French 
12. La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio no 1, Munich 
Language: Italian 

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