La Scala stars shine in Sofia
Opera diva Katia Ricciarelli and tenor Francesco Zingariello will captivate the Bulgarian audience on 14 April
13 January, 2018
The legendary opera singer Katia Ricciarelli and tenor Francesco Zingariello are set to present a spectacular music show on 14 April in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. The concert is entitled With Music in the Heart and tickets are already available.
The Sofia programme of the two La Scala superstars features about 20 emblematic and beloved opera arias and popular songs such as Lascia ch'io pianga - a famous soprano aria by George Handel, Ah la paterna mano - Macduff's aria in the opera Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi, Di tanti palpiti - a trademark aria for Ricciarelli from Gioachino Rossini's opera Tancredi, Il lamento di Federico - a tenor aria from the opera L'arlesiana by Francesco Cilea, O mio babbino caro - a soprano aria from Giacomo Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi, the celebrated Habanera from Georges Bizet's opera Carmen and the equally brilliant E lucevan le stelle - Cavaradossi's key aria in Tosca by Puccini, as well as popular Neapolitan canzonettas such as O sole mio, Marechiare, Core 'ngrato and others. Ricciarelli and Zingariello will conclude the concert with Brindisi from Verdi's La traviata, with Nessun dorma from Puccini's Turandot prepared for the tenor's encore performance.
The two celebrated La Scala performers have long gained worldwide recognition. Their romantic soulfulness and magical impact on the audience will steal the hearts of Bulgarian viewers as well. World-renowned Katia Ricciarelli, which is turning 71 in a few days, has conquered some of the most prestigious international stages over the years - the Grand Opera in Paris, the Royal Opera in London, La Scala in Milan and the Metropolitan Opera in New York are just a few of the achievements that have marked the soprano's rise to the very top of the classical music world. She partnered Placido Domingo in the role of Desdemona in Franco Zeffirelli's legendary 1986 film adaptation of Otello. The critics were effusive in their praise: “Ricciarelli brought joy back to singing! Her voice is soaring, emanating beauty and warmth that touch the heart.”
Katia Ricciarelli's repertoire includes over 50 roles. Music and love link her name to revered tenor Jose Carreras. The two had a great love story and a relationship that lasted 13 years. But in 1986, on her 40th birthday, Katia married Italy's most famous TV presenter Pippo Baudo. Some 18 years later, in the summer of 2004 she filed for divorce. Katia Ricciarelli has always been a provocative figure in the eyes of the media and the audience and a constant object of fascination both for her artistic career and personal life.
This will be the latest big concert in Bulgaria for Katia Ricciarelli, who has great affection for the country. In 2001, still a director of the opera theatre in Lecce, southern Italy, she chose the ballet soloists of the Sofia Opera and Ballet Yasen Valchanov, Dilyana Nikiforova and Darina Bedeva to participate in a special show dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi.