Arno Argos Raunig – Sopranist
Matthias Krampe – Cembalo
(aufgenommen Universitätskirche Wien 2016)
MP3, 4:25, stereo
Giacomo Meyerbeer – Rezitativ und Arie des Armando “Ah figlio dell` amore”
Castrato aria – Armando, a Knight of Rhodes, in the guise of Elmireno – soprano castrato – Giovanni Battista Velluti.
Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) Il crociato in Egitto (Der Kreuzritter in Ägypten).
Il crociato in Egitto (The Crusader in Egypt) is an opera in two acts by Giacomo Meyerbeer, with a libretto by Gaetano Rossi. It was first performed at La Fenice theatre, Venice on 7 March 1824. The part of Armando was sung by the famous castrato, Giovanni Battista Velluti; the opera was probably the last ever written to feature a castrato. It is the last of Meyerbeer’s series of operas in Italian, and became the foundation of the composer’s international success.
Armando, a Knight of Rhodes, in the guise of Elmireno – soprano castrato – Giovanni Battista Velluti