Arie d'opera e Canzoni napoletane
Ever wished that you had witnessed in person the inaugural concert of The Three Tenors on the eve of the start of the 1990 football World Cup? Or seen their famous performance in Los Angeles four years later, watched by more than one billion people on television?
With Arie d’opera e Canzoni napoletane, you can enjoy the music with which José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti introduced opera and Neapolitan song to an entirely new audience.
Arie d’opera e Canzoni napoletane is a wonderful tribute to The Three Tenors, with a trio of male singers taking on the roles of their illustrious forebears. Accompanied by piano and string quartet, they create an intimate version of Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti’s greatest moments together on the stage.
The first half of this wonderful concert opens with the almost impossibly beautiful Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana before moving on to some of the greatest melodies ever written for the tenor voice. They include Donizetti’s “Una furtiva lagrima” from L’elisir d’amore, “De’ miei bollenti spiriti” from Verdi’s La Traviata, before concluding in triumphant fashion with Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot.
Part two signals a change in tempo as the evening switches from opera to Neapolitan song, music that seems to be inscribed on our collective musical memory. Its compositions, such as “Nel blu dipinto di blu”, “Torna a Surriento” and “O sole mio” (to name just a few that you will hear in the concert), are always somehow familiar to us even if we cannot quite recollect where we have heard them before.
For those who feel a little nostalgic for the time when Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti weaved their magic, Arie d’opera e Canzoni napoletane is the perfect answer.