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- Release Date 02 February 2018
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- CD Album
Joseph Calleja, one of the world’s leading tenors, returns with his new album ‘Verdi’. The album sees Calleja explore the light and dark in Verdi’s heroic tenor roles and features guest appearances from soprano Angela Gheorghiu and baritone Vittorio Vitelli.
Verdi has a special place in Calleja’s heart, having made his debut as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth when he was just 19. It is his first new album in six years – his last solo album ‘Amore’ was released in September 2013 and he was also part of a 2013 recording of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. However, this new album marks a significant step into Verdi repertoire for Calleja, as he tackles new roles which has yet to play on stage.
Among the arias on the new album are ‘Di quella pira’ and ‘Ah! Si, ben mio…’ from Il Trovatore, ‘Già nella notte densa’ from Otello, and ‘Celeste Aida’ from the opening scene of Verdi’s Egyptian opera. Each of the roles on this album celebrate the tenore robusto as the voice-type of an operatic hero and showcase Calleja’s powerful yet lyrical voice.
|1||“Se quel guerrier io fossi!...Celeste Aida” from Aida, Act I|
|2||“Ah! Si, ben mio …” from Il Trovatore, Act III, Scene II|
|3||“Di quella pira” from Il Trovatore, Act III, Scene II Featuring: Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)|
|4||“La Vita è inferno all’infelice! …Oh, tu che in seno agli angeli” from La Forza del Destino, Act III Featuring: Vittorio Vitelli (baritone)|
|5||“Invano, Alvaro” from La Forza del Destino, Act IV|
|6||“Dio, che nell’alma infondere” from Don Carlo, Act II Featuring: Vittorio Vitelli (baritone, Rodrigo)|
|7||“Già nella notte densa” from Otello, Act I Featuring: Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)|
|8||“Oh’ mostruosa colpa! Si, per ciel marmoreo giuro!” from Otello, Act II Featuring: Vittorio Vitelli (baritone)|
|9||“Dio! mi potevi scagliar” from Otello, Act III|
|10||“Niun mi tema” from Otello (Act IV)|