Gaetano Donizetti

Biography

Born: 1797   Died: 1848   Country: Italy   Period: Romantic
Gaetano Donizetti was among the most important composers of bel canto opera in both Italian and French in the first half of the nineteenth Century. Many of Donizetti's more than 60 operas are still part of the modern repertoire and continue to challenge singers for their musical and technical demands. Donizetti stands stylistically between Rossini and Verdi; his scenes are usually more expanded in structure than those of Rossini, but he never Read more blurred the lines between set pieces and recitative as Verdi did in his middle-period and late works. Often compared to his contemporary, Bellini, Donizetti produced a wider variety of operas and showed a greater stylistic flexibility, even if he never quite achieved the sheer beauty of Bellini's greatest works.

Donizetti was educated in Bergamo, the town of his birth, studying with the opera composer Simon Mayr from 1806 to 1814. His youthful works include chamber operas, religious works, and some chamber music. Donizetti's first opera of note was La Zingara, which was premiered in Naples in 1822. He continued to work in Naples throughout the 1820's and 1830's, where he was active as both a conductor and composer.

In 1830, Donizetti finally achieved international fame with his opera Anna Bolena; notable for its expressive music and more extended scenes, it established Donizetti as one of the leading contemporary opera composers. The comic opera L'elisir d'amore (1832) and the tragic Lucrezia Borgia (1833) came shortly after. Donizetti's next work was Maria Stuarda, followed the same year by Lucia di Lammermoor (1835), which became an internationally recognized masterpiece. The Elizabethan tragedy Roberto Devereux (1837) completed his trilogy of operas that chronicle the English court from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I.

Donizetti's operas from the late 1830s were unable to match the success of Lucia, and when Donizetti was passed over for the directorship of the Naples Conservatory in 1840, he moved to Paris. There he composed the opera comique La fille du Régiment (1840), which was celebrated immediately for its charm and virtuosity. Later that year he completed La favorite (1840), another major contribution to the French repertoire. In 1842 Donizetti was appointed Kapellmeister of the Austrian court in Vienna, but retained his association with Paris.

Among Donizetti's last operas are Maria di Rohan (1843), an important historic opera, and his French tragedy Dom Sébastian (1843). Caterina Cornaro (1843) is also one of his finest works for its strong dramatic content. These late operas, although rarely performed, are serious works that set the standard for Verdi. Read less
Donizetti: Missa Di Requiem / Gómez-martinez, Bamberg So
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 172881   Number of Discs: 1
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Salut! - Donizetti, Gounod, Verdi, Etc / Piotr Beczala
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 715081   Number of Discs: 1
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Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Frizza, Fleming, Fabiano, Kowaljow, Deshong
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Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Frizza, Fleming, Fabiano, Kowaljow, Deshong [blu-ray]
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Euroarts  
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Gaetano Donizetti


WORKS
Preludio - "Percorrete le spiaggie vicine"
"Tu sei turbato!"
"Cruda, funesta smania"
"La pietade in suo favore"
"Ancor non giunse!"
"Regnava nel silenzio"
"Quando rapito in estasi"
"Egli s'avanza"
"Sulla tomba che rinserra"
"Qui di sposa eterna...Ah! Verrano a te sull'aure"
"Lucia, fra poco a te verrà"
"Appressati, Lucia" - "Il pallor funesto, orrendo"
"Soffriva nel pianto"
"Che fia"
"Se tradirmi tu potrai"
"Ebben? - Di tua speranza"
"Ah! cedi, cedi"
"Al ben de'tuoi qual vittima"
"Per te d'immenso giubilo"
"Dov'è Lucia?"
"Chi mi frena in tal momento"
"T'allontana sciagurato"
"Orrida è questa notte"
"Qui del padre ancor respira"
"D'immenso giubilo"
"Ah! cessate quel contento"
"Oh! qual funesto avvenimento!"
Oh, giusto cielo!...Il dolce suono
"Ohimè! sorge il tremendo fantasma"
"S'avanza Enrico"
"Spargi d'amore pianto"
"Si tragga altrove"
"Tombe degli avi miei"
"Fra poco a me ricovero"
"Oh meschina!"
"Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali"
Overture (Preludio)
"Bel conforto"
"Quanto è bella"
"Benedette queste carte!" - "Della crudele Isotta"
Marcia..."Come Paride vezzoso"
"Or se m'ami, come io t'amo...Intanto, o mia ragazza"
"Una parola..chiedi all'aura"
"Che vuol dire codesta suonata?"
"Udite, udite, o rustici" - "Così chiaro"
"Ardir! Ha forse il cielo"
"Voglio dire, lo stupendo...Va mortale fortunato
"Caro elisir! Sei mio!"
"Lallarallara...Chi è mai quel matto?"
"Esulti pur la barbara"
"Tran, tran, tran, tran - In guerra ed in amor"
"Signor sargente"
"Adina credimi...Fra lieti concenti"
Introduzione - "Cantiamo, cantiam" - "Poichè cantarvi alletta"
"Barcaruola a due voci...Io son ricco e tu sei bella""
"Silenzo!..."Le feste nuziale"
"La donna è un animale...Venti scudi"
"Ai perigli della guerra...qua la mano giovinotto"
"Saria possibile?"
"Dell'elisir mirabile" - "E bellissima"
"Io già m'immagino" - "Come sen va contento!"
"Quanto amore!" - "Una tenera occhiatina"
"Una furtiva lagrima...Eccola!"
"Prendi; per me sei libero"
Alto! Fronte!
"Ei corregge ogni difetto"


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