Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti (1797 – 1848)

Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti (1797 – 1848) was roughly contemporary with Rossini and Bellini, and was also a composer of operas in the belcanto style. He wrote in both Italian and French. Among his best-known operas are The Elixir of Love, Lucia diLammermoor, Don Pasquale and Daughter of the Regiment.

As with Rossini and Bellini, he is best known for his operas, but he also wrote liturgical music, primarily the Mass.
Messa di Requiem (complete)

“Requiem” – Ingemisco

Compare his operatic style as in the following performance of Lucia di Lammermoor – “Mad Scene”

I am particularly fond of Beverly Sills’ performance of the aria, because I was singing in the chorus of Opera Omaha when Beverly Sills performed this opera with us.  I stood at the foot of the staircase as she descended singing the mad scene.  When she took the last step down, the chorus had an entrance.  In each performance, as she took that last step, she looked me, I froze.  Each time, I was so stunned that she would look at me that I missed the entrance.  She was the most humble and gracious of the principals who sang with us.

I am also partial to the Sextet of Lucia di Lammermoor: Fleming and Pavarotti, performing:


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