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Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti E I Montecchi with Joyce DiDonato

I Capuleti e i Montecchi Opernhaus Zürich _2_c_Monika Rittershaus

A Romeo and Juliet opera without the poetic balcony scene and with a woman singing the role of Romeo: Vincenzo Bellini’s reworking of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy is in many respects remarkable. Not least because the young composer presents in his opera “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” perhaps the most moving final scene of opera repertoire to date: Romeo and Juliet are both alive and conscious, allowing them to sing a duet before dying together.

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Vincenzo Bellini: Norma – From China NCPA Beijing

NCPA norma Bellini Peking Beijing 4_bearbeitet copy

“Bellini was, I believe, the last composer of opera fully to recognize that song was not just a means to a dramatic end but a magical power.” This statement by the musicologist David Kimbell describes a specific characteristic of Vincenzo Bellini’s music that constantly fascinates us. Bellini’s undisputed masterpiece Norma has now found its way to Beijing’s most important opera house: the National Centre for the Performing Arts. more