Benjamin Bernheim: The Italians in Paris. And tribute to Teresa Berganza

From Gaspare Spontini to Pietro Mascagni,

Benjamin Bernheim, tenor and Félix Ramos, piano
Italian opera in Paris from the 19th century to the birth of the 20th.

Recital commented by Alexandre Dratwicki, Artistic Director of the Palazzetto Bru Zane and Benjamin Bernheim. Dialogue with Judith Chaine.

Concert in prologue to the weekend “All at the Opera! », recorded by France Musique on May 5, 2022 at the Olivier Messiaen Amphitheater of the Opéra Bastille, Opéra national de Paris.

France Musique accompanies theParis National Opera.

Video :

Rehearsal time at the Olivier Messiaen Amphitheater. Produced by Lyrik magazine.

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In the program :

Gaspare Spontini – Etienne de Jouy,

The Vestal Virgin (1807) :
Aria by Licinius “What have I seen! What preparations… Julia is going to die! » (Act III)

Luigi Cherubini – Eugene Scribe and Mélesville,

Ali Baba or The Forty Thieves (1833) :
Prologue and Romance by Nadir “It is on you, my Délie, that my fate depended” (Prologue)

Gaetano Donizetti – Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz / after François-Marie Baculard d’Arnaud,

The Favorite (1840) :
Cavatina by Fernand “Angel so pure as in a dream” (Act IV)

Charles Gounod – Jules Barbier and Michel Carré senior / after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,

Faust (1859) :
Aria from Faust “Hail, remain chaste and pure” (Act III)

Giuseppe Verdi – Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle / after Friedrich von Schiller,

Don Carlos (1867) :
Story and Romance of Don Carlos “Fontainebleau! Immense and solitary forest!… I saw it” (Act I)

Giuseppe Verdi – Eugene Scribe and Charles Duveyrier,

Sicilian Vespers (1855) :
Henri’s Substitute Romance “O you whom I have darled” (Act IV)

Jules Massenet – Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille / after Abbé Prévost,

Manon (1884) :
Aria by Des Grieux “By closing your eyes” (Act II)

Giacomo Puccini – Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa / after David Belasco and John Luther Long,

Madame Butterfly (1904) :
Air by Pinkerton “Addio fiorito asil” (“Farewell flowery stay” – Act III)

Giacomo Puccini – Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa / after Victorien Sardou,

Tosca (1900) :
Air by Cavaradossi “O equal beauties, fruitful dissimilarities” (Act I)

Pietro Mascagni – Paul Bérel (pseudonym of Paul de Choudens),

Amica (1905) :
Scene from Giorgio “Amica! You stay away… Why keep this stubborn silence” (Act I)

Benjamin Bernheim: Tenor
Felix Ramos: Piano
Alexandre Dratwicki: Commentary
Judith Chaine: Dialog

Tribute to Teresa Berganza

Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-soprano (Madrid, March 16, 1933 - May 13, 2022)
Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-soprano (Madrid, March 16, 1933 – May 13, 2022)

– © Decca

Musical programming:

Alfonso X. el Sabio,

Santa Maria, Cantiga

Teresa Berganza: Mezzo-soprano

  • Judith Chaine: The Great Interviews with Teresa Berganza (excerpt)

Federico Mompou – Josep Janes,

Solo las flores

Teresa Berganza: Mezzo-soprano
Felix Lavilla: Piano
ACANTA 49403

Carlos Guastavino,

El Sampedrino

Teresa Berganza: Mezzo-soprano
Juan Antonio Alvarez-Parejo: Piano
CLAVES CD 50-8 401

Cyprian de Rore,

Anchor at the collar

Giovanni Felice Sances,

Book IV of cantatas and airs for solo voice, Venice 1636 :
Oh lost diletti

Attributed to Pietro Maria Lamoretti,

Book I of concertante madrigals for 2, 3 and 4 voices… with a ballet for 5, Venice, 1621 :
Bell’il vana tua beltade

Teresa Berganza: Mezzo-soprano
Jörg Ewald Dähler: harpsichord and direction
Yasunori Imamura: Lute, theorbo
Carol Lewis, Lynn Dickinson, Pere Ros, Silvie Mocquet: Violas da gamba
CLAVES 3 111-5

Christoph Willibald Gluck – Ranieri de’ Calzabigi / adaptation Le Bland du Roullet,

Alceste :
Air from Alceste “Divinités du Styx” (Act I scene 7)

Teresa Berganza: Mezzo-soprano
Orchestra of the Royal Opera of Covent Garden
Alexander Gibson: Musical Direction
DECCA 475518-2

  • Judith Chaine: The Great Interviews with Teresa Berganza (excerpt)

Georges Bizet – Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy / after Prosper Mérimée,

Carmen :
Extract from the 2nd Table of Act III:
– Choir “Here they are, here is the quadrille”
– Escamillo, Carmen, Frasquita, Mercédès “If you love me Carmen”
– Carmen, Don José, The Choir “It’s you” / “It’s me”

Teresa Berganza: Carmen, Mezzo-soprano
Plácido Domingo: Don José, Tenor
Sherill Milnes: Escamillo, Bass
Yvonne Kenny: Frasquita, Soprano
Alicia Nafe: Mercédès, Mezzo-soprano
Ambrosian Singers
London Symphony Orchestra
Director: Claudio Abbado

Isaac Albeniz,

Cantos de Espana op 232 :
5. Seguidillas – for piano

Alicia de Larrocha: Piano
DECCA 483 4129/4130

Maurice Ravel,

popular songs :
1. Spanish song

Teresa Berganza: mezzo-soprano
Dalton Baldwin: Piano

Xavier Montsalvage,

Three Divertimentos for piano :
2. Habanera

Alicia de Larrocha: Piano
DECCA 483 4121

Traditional Spanish,


Teresa Berganza: Mezzo-soprano
Narciso Yepes: Guitar

Jacques Offenbach – Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy,

La Perrichole :
Excerpt from Act I:
La Périchole, Piquillo, Panatellas, Guadalena, Berginella, Mastrilla, The Notaries, Don Pedro, Don Andrès, The Choir
N°7 The letter “O my dear lover I swear to you”… n°8. Final “Whoa! hey!… hola from there »

Teresa Berganza: La Périchole, Mezzo-soprano
José Carreras: Piquillo, tenor
Gabriel Bacquier: Don Andrés de Ribeira, Viceroy of Peru, Baritone
Michel Sénéchal: Don Pedro de Hinoyosa, Governor of Lima, Tenor
Michel Trempont: The Count of Panatellas, 1st Gentleman of the Chamber, Baritone
Pierrette Delange: Guadalena, 1st cousin, Soprano
Michèle Command: Berginella, 2nd cousin, Soprano
Sonia Nigoghossian: Mastrilla, 3rd cousin, Mezzo-soprano
Hugues Brambilla: 1st Notary, Tenor
Henry Amiel: 2nd Notary, Tenor
Chorus and Orchestra of the Capitole de Toulouse
Guy Lhomme: Choir Master
Michel Plasson: Musical direction

José Serrano – Seville and Carreño,

Los Claveles (The Carnations) :
– Comedy duet

Teresa Berganza: Rosa, Mezzo-soprano
Placido Domingo: Fernando, tenor
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Luis Antonio Garcia-Navarro: Musical direction

Wolfgang AmadeusMozart,

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, Op 4 No. 3, K 310 :
1st movement. Allegro maestoso

Alicia De Larrocha: Piano
DECCA 483 4120/12

  • Judith Chaine: The Great Interviews with Teresa Berganza (excerpt)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Lorenzo Da Ponte,

Cosi fan tutte :
Excerpt from Act I:
Quintet Fordiligi, Dorabella, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso, Choir… Dorabella
“Di scrivermi ogni giorno”… “Ah scostati… Smanie implacabili che m’agitate”

Teresa Stich-Randall: Fiordiligi, Soprano
Teresa Berganza: Dorabella, Mezzo-soprano
Luigi Alva: Ferrando, tenor
Rolando Panerai: Guglielmo, Baritone
Marcello Cortis: Don Alfonso, Bass
Conservatory Choirs
Members of the Orchestra of the Society of Concerts of the Conservatory
Hans Rosbaud: Continuo and musical direction
Aix-en-Provence 1957

Jose Serrano – Juan Jose Lorente,

La Dolorosa (Virgin of the Seven Sorrows), zarzuela :
4. Lullaby of Dolores “Duerme mi tesoro” (Act I)

Teresa Berganza: Dolores, Mezzo-soprano
Placido Domingo: Rafael, Tenor
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Luis Antonio Garcia-Navarro: Musical direction

Xavier Montsalvage,

Canciones negras:
Cuba dentro of a piano

Teresa Berganza: Mezzo-soprano
Felix Lavilla: Piano

Francesco Cavalli / arr Arne Dorumsgaard,

Son ancor pargoletta

Teresa Berganza: Mezzo-soprano
Ricardo Requejo: Piano

To listen again:
Teresa Berganza (1/5), “My family gave me so much love and so much culture” (R)

To listen again:
Teresa Berganza (5/5), “My life has not been easy but it has been very beautiful” (R)

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Benjamin Bernheim: The Italians in Paris. And tribute to Teresa Berganza

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