CECILIA BARTOLI revisits the life and art of MARIA MALIBRAN




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- Track 5
YO QUE SOY CONTRABANDISTA

  - Track 9*
E NON LO VEDO... SON REGINA


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COME DOLCE A ME FAVELLI


- Track 6
AH! NON CREDEA MIRARTI


  - Track 10
RATAPLAN

   - Track 4*  
INFELICE


    - Track 17
CASTA DIVA


   Track 16*
PRENDI, PER ME SEI LIBERO



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... née MARIA FELICIA GARCÍA


           from El Poeta Calculista:
         "YO QUE SOY CONTRABANDISTA" 

Among the selections in the album, this spirited Spanish-language song by MANUEL GARCÍA is perhaps the most representational of Maria Malibran's roots, for the following reasons:

1.  The composer, whose complete name is MANUEL DEL PÓLPOLO VICENTE GARCÍA, was Maria Malibran's father and teacher who, more than anyone, shaped Maria's art and personality.  He was a famous and adventurous Spanish tenor (from Andalusia) who was also a composer (who wrote over 50 Spanish, Italian and French works for the stage), conductor, singing teacher and theatre director.  Regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of opera, he was a trail-blazer first in Europe and later in America where he took his family and opera company, staging the first American production of Mozart's Don Giovanni in which he cast the 17-year old Maria as Zerlina setting her up on a straight path to stardom.

2.  The song which takes its title from the opening words "I'm a smuggler and I do as I please" is from one of GARCÍA's most famous compositions, El Poeta Calculista (The Calculating Poet), a one-hour, one-character, one-act opera in which an impoverished poet reflects on career and success.  Symbolic, perhaps, of the fire of his inner self, it is a piece that both MARIA and her sister PAULINE sang frequently on stage either with guitar accompaniment or as an insert in the "music lesson" scene of Rossini's popular opera Il barbiere di Siviglia in which Maria made her official stage debut at the age of 17 as Rosina (London, 1825), replacing on short notice the then reigning prima donna Giuditta Pasta. Rossini was a strong personal influence on Maria and her father, and his operas were the early vehicles for her career's meteoric rise.

3.  The song, delivered accelerando, has a fiery rhythm and energy characteristic of the composer's spirited nature, a trait that in addition to his many talents he very likely passed on to his offspring, the oldest of whom was a son, MANUEL PATRICIO GARCIA, a baritone who was also a teacher famous for his treatise on singing and an inventor well-known for the laryngoscope that is still in use today.

CLICK PLAY BUTTON below to view a video clip of Cecilia Bartoli on the remarkable García family.

 

Footnote: To complete the gene pool, mention must be made of Maria's mother, Joaquina Sitches Briones, a soprano known for singing soubrette roles. How could music not have run in this remarkably gifted family?

Credits - video/audio clips and images: copyright � and with permission of Decca Records.

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