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      The art of Giulietta Simionato

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      Simionato and Callas sang Norma in Lyric Opera’s first season in 1954. Becoming a valued member of the company she sang Carmen, Rosina and Amneris among numerous roles until 1961. A voice that must be heard!


      Massenet: Werther, “Letter Scene”
      Giulietta Simionato with the Milan Symphony Orchestra
      Conducted by Argeo Quadri
      Recorded in Milan in 1951
      EMI CDH 7 69748 2

      Saint-Saëns: Sampson et Dalila, “S’apre per te il mio cor”
      Giulietta Simionato with the Lyric Opera Orchestra
      Conducted by Sir Georg Solti
      LONDON 448 154-2

      Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur, “Acerba volutta dolce tortura”
      Giulietta Simionato with Orchestra dell’ Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome
      Conducted by Franco Capuano
      Recorded in Rome in 1961
      DECCA 430 257-2

      Verdi: Aida, “Amneris and Rhadames Duet”
      Giulietta Simionato and Carlo Bergonzi
      Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert Von Karajan
      DECCA 289 460 978-2


      2 Responses to “The art of Giulietta Simionato”

      1. Catherine Cox says:

        Thank you for introducing me to Giulietta Simionato this afternoon. So enjoy your program. I’ve done some searches at the public library and on Amazon. Do you know where I can obtain a recording of Saint-Saëns: Sampson et Dalila, “S’apre per te il mio cor”? Does a “Greatest Hits” exist with this particular aria?

        Thank you.

        • Russ Geschke says:

          Larry Johnson asked me to check this. Apparently Simionato recorded the other two arias but usually not “S’apre per te” etc. However, I did find one recording: Ebay lists a CD of “live” performances of excerpts including “S’apre per te.” Search Ebay for “Grandi Voci all Scala Giulietta Simionato 1995 Italian Made in Italy CD” — priced at a reasonable $6.43.

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