Friday, June 9, 2017

John Malveaux: “Lucrezia Borgia” was recorded by RCA in 1966 with Shirley Verrett (1931-2010) cast as Gennaro’s best friend Orsini.

Shirley Verrett

John Malveaux of 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first date with his future wife Coretta was a concert of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In his autobiography, Dr. King shared comments about a Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor". Donizetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia" is considerably less known and performed only one time at the Metropolitan Opera. "Lucrezia Borgia" was first United States performance was in New Orleans on April 27, 1843. “Lucrezia Borgia” was recorded by RCA in 1966 with Shirley Verrett (1931-2010) cast as Gennaro’s best friend Orsini. 

"Lucrezia Borgia was born on April 18, 1480, in Subiaco, near Rome. She was the daughter of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (c. 1431–1503), who would later become Pope Alexander VI, and one of his mistresses, Vannozza Cattanei, who was also the mother of Lucrezia's two older brothers, Cesare and Giovanni. Lucrezia reportedly spoke and wrote several languages, among them Italian, French, Latin, and Greek." [English Wikipedia]  See pic1 of contralto Shirley Verrett.


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