CueTV: Where performance lives online. Stream opera, ballet and classical music on your chosen smart device. Built for connoisseurs of the arts, watch some of the world’s finest performances with personalized recommendations and collections of the most beloved works, rarities, concerts, recitals, and more
Alfredo Catalani (19 June 1854 – 7 August 1893) was an Italian operatic composer. He is best remembered for his operas Loreley (1890) and La Wally (1892). La Wally was composed to a libretto by Luigi Illica, and features Catalani's most famous aria "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana." This aria, sung by American soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez, was at the heart of Jean-Jacques Beineix's 1981 film Diva. Catalani's other operas were much less successful.
Catalani was trained at the Milan Conservatory, where his teachers included Antonio Bazzini. Despite the growing influence of the verismo style of opera during the 1880s and early 1890s, Catalani chose to compose in a more traditional manner, which had traces of Wagner in it. As a result, his operas (La Wally excepted) have largely lost their place in the modern repertoire, even compared to those of Massenet and Puccini, whose style his own periodically resembles. (Catalani much resented Puccini's emergence and even accused Puccini, falsely, of plagiarism.)
Kristīne Opolais in Concert at the Latvian National Opera (2017)
Under the baton of Sesto Quatrini, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra performs the Overture from G. Verdi's Luisa Miller, the Intermezzo from P. Mascagni's L'amico Fritz, the Intermezzo from G. Puccini's Manon Lescaut, and the Bacchanale from C. Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila. The orchestra a...