During the first lockdown due to the current pandemic, Italy could not wait to make live music again; after several months, one of the first important events in the world of lyrical opera took place, the Sarzana Opera Festival.

This appointment was for a concert with an audience recorded live on June 27th, 2020 in Sarzana, an Italian city in the Liguria region. The orchestra was none other than that of the Carlo Felice Theater in Genova, which under the conduction of M° Giuseppe Finzi, 15 renowned artists performed some of the most beloved titles of the lyric repertoire.

The live concert was recorded by BAM Music and now sees the light as an album produced by the Swiss record company, which provides to the opera lovers an offer of music by the greatest Italian composers such as Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini, Bellini or Puccini, as well as Mozart and Bizet.

The endearing arias were performed by a very talented cast (in alphabetical order): the sopranos Elisa Balbo sings ‘Casta Diva’ from ‘Norma’, Magda Gallo sings ‘Pace, pace mio Dio’ from ‘La forza del destino’, and Serena Gamberoni sings ‘Donde lieta uscì’ from ‘La Bohème’. The mezzo-sopranos Silvia Beltrami sings ‘Condotta ell’era in ceppi’ from ‘Il Trovatore’, Simona Di Capua sings ‘Sgombra è la sacra selva’ from ‘Norma’ and Laura Verrecchia sings ‘Se Romeo t’uccise un figlio’ from ‘I Capuleti e i Montecchi’. The tenors Matteo Lippi sings ‘La donna è mobile’ from ‘Rigoletto’, Francesco Meli sings ‘E lucevan le stelle’ from ‘Tosca’ and Giulio Pelligra sings ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ from ‘L’elisir d’amore’. The baritones Luca Micheletti sings ‘Votre toast’ from ‘Carmen’, Mattia Olivieri sings ‘Aprite un po’ quegli occhi’ from ‘Le nozze di Figaro’, Marco Filippo Romano sings ‘Sia qualunque delle figlie’ from ‘La Cenerentola’ and Sergio Vitale sings ‘Eri tu che macchiavi quell’anima’ from ‘Un ballo in maschera’. As well the baritone Luca Bruno and the bass Roberto Scandiuzzi sings together ‘Suoni la tromba, e intrepido’ from ‘I Puritani’.

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