The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: Danceable Opera

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

George Jellinek explores various dance forms in operatic song. Hear opera's great voices including Beverly Sills, Bidu Sayao, Placido Domingo and Nicolai Gedda in the minuet, polonaise, waltz, gallop, polka and others.


Mozart: Don Giovanni Act I minuet - Simone Alaimo,  Thomas Allen

Massenet: Manon: Gavotte  from Act III - Beverly Sills

Thomas: Mignon: Polonaise: “Je Suis Titania” - Edita Gruberova 

Gounod:  Romeo and Juliet: Juliette’s waltz - Bidu Sayao

Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani:  Bolero - Renata Scotto

Penella: El Gato Montes: Pasadoble - Placido Domingo, Juan Pons, Veronica Villarroel

Smetana: Bartered Bride: Polka from Act 3 Duet - Gabriela Benackova, Peter Dvorsky

Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld: Galop Infernal - Natalie Dessay and Ensemble

Borodin: Prince Igor: Galitsky’s song (hopak)

Rossini: La Danza - Luciano Pavarotti

J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus:” Klange der Heimat”, Ljuba Welitsch (czardas)

Nicolai Gedda:  Tango

Bellini: I Puritani: Son Vergin Vezzosa - Joan Sutherland  (Polanaise)

Comments [3]

David from Flushing

I supposed this subject can become confused in the Rameau's opera/ballets as it is not always so easy to tell where one begins and the other ends. Here is the catchiest tune in Les Indes Galantes:

Oct. 28 2013 07:33 PM

George forgot Lucrezia Borgia's Brindisi, great dancing music.

Oct. 28 2013 11:23 AM
Charles Fischbein from Front Royal, Va.

Excellent post, thanks for the selections. God Speed, Charles Fischbein

Oct. 28 2013 10:58 AM

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