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ANNA NETREBKO & ROLANDO VILLAZON
Duets by opera's "stardust twins"

from Luisa Fernanda: "Callate, corazon!"

As Rolando tells it, when he heard Placido Domingo sing this duet from the most popular Spanish zarzuela / operetta, he right away decided it should be included in their upcoming "Duets" album. Netrebko sings the title role in her first foray into the Spanish repertoire. While the tenor part of Javier is among the roles Villazon - who in 1999 won First Prize for Zarzuela in Domingo's Operalia Competition - has not sung on the operatic stage, one could easily imagine a performance by him in the foreseeable future.

The duet is some sort of concession by Netrebko (or a challenge by Villazon) as they engage in a vocal "mano-a-mano" in each other's native language. Villazon in turn sings Netrebko's chosen Russian duet from Tchaikovsky's Iolanta. The linguistically sensitive listener is bound to detect hurdles in diction, but no matter - it does not diminish one's enjoyment of these duets which are sung to near perfection!

Credit: Film clip - courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon

The "Duets" album is a FanFaire - Deutsche Grammophon CD Giveaway.

 


 





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