Puritan Love: Bellini's 'I Puritani'


THE HIT SINGLE:  Elvira's Mad Scene

In Bellini's time, madness at the opera usually meant plenty of stratospheric vocal gymnastics, and Elvira's meltdown in Act Two of I Puritani is no exception.  In the Vienna production it's sung by soprano Olga Peretyatko.

THE B SIDE:  Act Two Duet and Finale

The duet "Suoni la tromba"  -- "Sound the Trumpet" -- sums up the feelings of Riccardo and Giorgio (baritone Carlos Alvarez and bass Jongmin Park) toward the apparently treacherous Arturo.  It was first intended for the middle of Act Two but got so much praise in rehearsals that it was turned into the act's finale, to prevent the inevitable ovations from disturbing the opera's dramatic flow.