Giacomo Aragall

Biography

Born: June 6, 1939; Barcelona, Spain  
Despite debilitating stage nerves and a tendency to sing under pitch, Spanish tenor Giacomo (born Jaime or, in Catalan, Jaume) Aragall forged a significant career. (He sometimes used an Italian form of his last name, Aragali, as well.) While his gifts were not always realized to their fullest due to the persistent anxiety that dogged him, his lovely, slightly smoky timbre and easy top register were heard to excellent effect in the lyric roles of Read more his young years and in the spinto parts he assumed in his maturity. Aragall's first serious studies were with Jaime Francisco Puig in Barcelona. In view of Aragall's poor circumstances, professor Puig had accepted him without fee. When five years had passed (including military service), Aragall traveled to Milan to study with Vladimiro Badiali. Within six months, the young tenor had won the Voci Verdi Competition. Such was his promise that in the same year as his stage debut (Venice, 1963 in Verdi's Jérusalem), he appeared at La Scala as the eponymous hero in Mascagni's L'amico Fritz. His La Scala debut led to the offer of a three-year contract, an occurrence that placed enormous psychological pressures on the 23-year-old tenor, introverted by nature and as yet unaccustomed to living up to high expectations. For several important debuts, Aragall was presented as the Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto serving as his first opera at Verona in 1965, at both Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera in 1968, and in San Francisco in 1973. The year following his San Francisco debut found him back in the California city for Massenet's rarely heard Esclarmonde, a production starring Joan Sutherland transported to the Metropolitan in 1976. A Decca/London recording preserved the work of most of the original production's cast, including Aragall as Roland. In the late '70s, nerves and distress at being apart from his family led Aragall to abandon his career for a time. Eventually, however, the desire to sing drew him back to the stage, more mature in handling career stresses and able to master a somewhat heavier repertory. Roles such as Cavaradossi, Rodolfo, Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra), Don Carlo, and Riccardo became staples along with certain French parts from earlier days, Werther, Faust, and Massenet's Des Grieux included. Read less

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Born: June 6, 1939; Barcelona, Spain  
Despite debilitating stage nerves and a tendency to sing under pitch, Spanish tenor Giacomo (born Jaime or, in Catalan, Jaume) Aragall forged a significant career. (He sometimes used an Italian form of his last name, Aragali, as well.) While his gifts were not always realized to their fullest due to the persistent anxiety that dogged him, his lovely, slightly smoky timbre and easy top register were heard to excellent effect in the lyric roles of Read more
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Massenet: Esclarmonde / Prologue - Dignitaires! Guerriers!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Roland! Roland! Comme ce nom me trouble
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Parséis! - O ma soeur
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Ah! trop malheureuse Esclarmonde!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - On vient, ma soeur!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - C'en est fait!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Esprits de l'air! Esprits de onde!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Roland! Roland! Roland!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - "Ah! Ah!"
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Où suis-je?
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Sois bénie, ô magie
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Voici le divin moment
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Hélas! Ma bien-aimée!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Ecoute encor!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - O glaive, à ton aspect
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - O Blois! Misérable cité!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Kyrie eleison
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Dieu de miséricorde
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Noble héros!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Gloire! Chantons notre victoire! A toi, Roland
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Gloire! Chantons notre victoire! Gloire à Roland!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - La nuit bientôt sera venue
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Mon fils, je te bénis!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Je ne m'appartiens plus
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - "A genoux!"
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Ah! Roland!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Regarde-les, ces yeux plus purs
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Non! Tu ne seras pas à mes tranports ravie!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Entendez tous
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Oui, le délai marqué s'avance
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Les temps vont s'accomplir
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Elle a voulu choisir
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - D'une longue torpeur
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Où suis-je maintenant?
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Donc, pour sauver la vie
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Il vient! Ah! quel supplice!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Ne plus te voir!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Epilogue - Dignitaires! Guerriers! Sous ces augustes voûtes
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Prologue - Dignitaires! Guerriers!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Roland! Roland! Comme ce nom me trouble
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Parséis! - O ma soeur
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Ah! trop malheureuse Esclarmonde!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - On vient, ma soeur!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - C'en est fait!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Esprits de l'air! Esprits de onde!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Roland! Roland! Roland!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - "Ah! Ah!"
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Où suis-je?
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Sois bénie, ô magie
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Voici le divin moment
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Hélas! Ma bien-aimée!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Ecoute encor!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - O glaive, à ton aspect
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - O Blois! Misérable cité!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Kyrie eleison
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Dieu de miséricorde
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Noble héros!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Gloire! Chantons notre victoire! A toi, Roland
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Gloire! Chantons notre victoire! Gloire à Roland!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - La nuit bientôt sera venue
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Mon fils, je te bénis!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Je ne m'appartiens plus
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - "A genoux!"
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Ah! Roland!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Regarde-les, ces yeux plus purs
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Non! Tu ne seras pas à mes tranports ravie!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Entendez tous
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Oui, le délai marqué s'avance
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Les temps vont s'accomplir
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Elle a voulu choisir
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - D'une longue torpeur
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Où suis-je maintenant?
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Donc, pour sauver la vie
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Il vient! Ah! quel supplice!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Ne plus te voir!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Epilogue - Dignitaires! Guerriers! Sous ces augustes voûtes
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Prologue - Dignitaires! Guerriers!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Roland! Roland! Comme ce nom me trouble
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Parséis! - O ma soeur
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Ah! trop malheureuse Esclarmonde!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - On vient, ma soeur!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - C'en est fait!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Esprits de l'air! Esprits de onde!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 1 - Roland! Roland! Roland!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - "Ah! Ah!"
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Où suis-je?
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Sois bénie, ô magie
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Voici le divin moment
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Hélas! Ma bien-aimée!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - Ecoute encor!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 2 - O glaive, à ton aspect
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - O Blois! Misérable cité!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Kyrie eleison
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Dieu de miséricorde
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Noble héros!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Gloire! Chantons notre victoire! A toi, Roland
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Gloire! Chantons notre victoire! Gloire à Roland!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - La nuit bientôt sera venue
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Mon fils, je te bénis!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Je ne m'appartiens plus
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - "A genoux!"
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Ah! Roland!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Regarde-les, ces yeux plus purs
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 3 - Non! Tu ne seras pas à mes tranports ravie!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Entendez tous
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Oui, le délai marqué s'avance
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Les temps vont s'accomplir
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Elle a voulu choisir
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - D'une longue torpeur
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Où suis-je maintenant?
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Donc, pour sauver la vie
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Il vient! Ah! quel supplice!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Act 4 - Ne plus te voir!
Massenet: Esclarmonde / Epilogue - Dignitaires! Guerriers! Sous ces augustes voûtes
"Ah! Finalmente!"
"E sempre lava!" - "Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae" - "Che fai?"
"Dammi i colori!" - "Recondita armonia" (Aria)
"Gente là dentro!"
"Mario! Mario! Mario!...Son qui!...Non la sospiri la nostra casetta"
"E buona la mia Tosca" - "Siam soli?"
"Sommo giubilo, Eccelenza!"
"Un tal baccano in chiesa! Bel rispetto!"
"Or tutto è chiaro..." - "Mario?! Mario?!"
"Tre sbirri... Una carozza... Presto" - Te Deum
"Tosca è un buon falco!"
"Ha più forte sapore" - "Spoletta è giunto"
O galantuomo, come andò la caccia?
"Ov'è Angelotti?" - "Mario, tu qui?!"
"Sciarrone: che dice il cavalier?"
"Orsù, Tosca, parlate." - "Mario, consenti ch'io parli?"
"Floria..." - "Amore..."
Vittoria! Vittoria!
Quanto? Quanto? Il prezzo!
"Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Chi è là?
"Io tenni la promessa..." - "E qual via scegliete?" - "Tosca, finalmente mia!"
Prelude - "Io de' sospiri"
"Mario Cavaradossi?" - "A voi"
"E lucevan le stelle"
"Franchigia a Floria Tosca"
"O dolci mani"
"Come è lunga l'attesta!"
"Presto, su! Mario!"
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Prologue - Che dicesti?
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Prologue - L'altra magion vedete?
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Prologue - "A te l'estremo addio - Il lacerato spirito"
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Prologue - Suona ogni labbro il mio nome
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Prologue - Oh, de'Fieschi implacata, orrida razza
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - Preludio
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - Come in quest'ora bruna
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - Cielo di stelle orbato
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - Propizio ei giunge!
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - Paolo...Signor
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - Orfanella il tetto umile
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - Che rispose?
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - Messeri, il re di Tartaria
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - Ferischi!
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - Nell'ora soave che all'estasi invita
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - Plebe! Patrizi!
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 1 - Ecco la spada
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 2 - Quei due vedesti?
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 2 - Prigoniero in qual loco m'adduci?
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 2 - Udisti?...Vil disegno!
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 2 - Tu qui?...Amelia!
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 2 - Figlia?...Si afflitto, o padre mio?
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 2 - Oh! Amelia...ami...un nemico
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 2 - "All'armi, all'armi, o Liguri"
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 3 - Evviva Il Doge!
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 3 - M'ardon le tempia
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 3 - Piango, perché mi parla
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 3 - Chi veggo?
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Act 3 - Gran Dio, il benedici
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia - Preludio
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Nella fatal di Rimini
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Tranquilla ei posa
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Com'è bello!
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Ciel! ... Che vegg'io
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Di pescatore ignobile
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Gente appressa
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Maffio Orsini, signora, son io
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Nel veneto corteggio io ravvisasti?
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Vieni la mia vendetta
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Addio, Gennaro
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Qui che fai?
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Non far motto, parti, sgombra
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Tutto eseguisti?
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Così turbata?
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Soli non siamo
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - E sì avverso a Gennaro chi vi fè
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Oh! a te bada, a te stesso pon mente
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Trafitto tosto ei sia
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Della Duchessa ai prieghi
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Guai se ti sfugge un moto
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 1 - Infelice! il veleno bevesti
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - Partir degg'io: lo vuol Lucrezia
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - T'amo qual dama un angelo
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - Rischiarata è la finestra
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - Sei tu? ... So io
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - Minacciata è la mia vita
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - Va, se vuoi, tentar m'è caro
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - Stolti! Ei corre alla Negroni
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - Viva il Madera!
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - Il segreto per esser felici
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - La gioia de'profani è un fumo passagier
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - Tu pur qui? non sei fuggito?
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - Madre, se ognor lontano
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Act 2 - Era desso il figlio mio


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