POWER COUPLE ARMILIATO AND DESSI` !
Posted by Dr. Joseph Fragala
| Time: 19:28:55
The power couple of the operatic world in 2006 are soprano Daniela Dessi` and tenor Fabio Armiliato. They are affectionate
partners and excellent operatic singers. Since they have been together,
their vocality has synergised and improved to
such an extent that they deserve the power couple appellative. They met as
co-stars of an Andrea Chenier, sang together an Aida at Verona and felt theirs was a sublime
fusion of operatic sound and scenic presence.
They both have had professional contact with famous singers. When still
very young, the beautiful Daniela knew Callas but only superficially, later
talked and exchanged opinions with Tebaldi and studied the role of
Butterfly under the great Scotto. The intelligent Fabio kept listening to
recordings by Gigli, who was venerated within his
family, studied under Corelli at the Met for a long period of time and had
an intense rapport with the celebrated tenor.
A current work schedule is a tour of Japan followed by the Met for Cavalleria and Pagliacci,
singing however with other colleagues. In my opinion, they have left an
indelible memory of the tragic lovers Paolo and Francesca in Zandonai’s Francesca da
Rimini, the role model of XX century Italian drama. The opera has a
stupendous score, an elegantly flowing harmony, which is rich, and a
powerfully inspired melody, which never loses its grace.
Daniela Dessì and Fabio Armiliato in
Francesca da Rimini
(photo source: Alfredo Tabocchini)
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