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Aria Recital – Homage to Manuel García

DATE

  • 20 May, 15:00

PROGRAMME

GIOACHINO ROSSINI • Arias from Ricciardo e Zoraide 
and from Il barbiere di Siviglia 

MANUEL GARCÍA • Arias from El poeta calculista 

as well as further arias by Rossini, García
and other composers

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ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

The Spanish singer Manuel del Pópulo Vicente Rodríguez García (1775—1832) was an object of fascination to the masses. He stood out on account of an extraordinary vocal range which allowed him to take on baritone parts such as Mozart’s Don Giovanni as well as the difficult tenor roles in Rossini’s operas, meaning that he mastered the role of Count Almaviva in both Le nozze di Figaro and Il barbiere di Siviglia. It was said he could even reach a high C in chest voice. As a composer, he was able not only to write operas that fit him like a glove but also impressed eminent colleagues with his works, and as an impresario, he was the first to bring Italian opera to New York in 1825. The man behind the artist was however apparently prone to heated emotional outbursts, which he could also vividly reproduce in stage roles such as the title part of Rossini’s Otello. A strict singing teacher and father, García built a bona fide vocal dynasty: Maria Malibran — who died tragically early — and Pauline Viardot, his daughters and pupils, became two of the greatest operatic stars of their time; and his son, the pedagogue Manuel García, passed on the art of bel canto to budding singers in Paris and London. A few generations further down the line, Javier Camarena will connect with this great tradition and celebrate the Rossini singer García with a homage.

Portrait Manuel García as Rossinis Otello, Théâtre-Italien, Paris 1821, © Bibliothèque national de France, Paris

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