Wednesday, January 31, 2007



New York Metropolitan Opera broadcast
Radio New Zealand, Concert FM

Sunday 4th of February 2007 at 3 pm

The story and background

The characters and cast

The cast with photographs

The Libretto in Italian

Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) was another short-lived composer of operas (like Mozart and Bizet), and I Puritani (The Puritans) dates from the last year of his life. He gave us captivating music, with delightful orchestration and "beautiful singing" (bel canto, as opposed to can belto).

This is an opera we associate with Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland, as also his Norma and his Sonnambula (Sleepwalker). It has a "mad scene" for soprano. Maybe this started with Shakespeare's Ophelia (and the sleepwalking with Lady Macbeth), whereby a poor girl is "sick of love" and sings about her sorrows in a deranged but melodic manner.

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