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Subject: Semiramide mezzo vs soprano
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Date:Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:13:23 -0500

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If you want a really good performance - the London 86 reading with Anderson Horne Ramey and Merritt is now on youtube in relatively good sound - some cuts
especially the chorus preceeding Arcace's second act scena but both of Idreno's arias are there - Anderson's aria in the first act remains untouched but
Gossett's  influence seems present - Henry Lewis conducts as well as Bonynge who usually cut Irene's first aria
some primo ottocento women sang both Semiramide and Arsace especially Malibran - two singer's of today could have 
managed both - mezzo Ganassi who was the intended Semiramide in Naples (she sang Elisabetta and Ermione in Pesaro) and Antonacci
who is now a mezzo who sang Semiramide in Catania -  the mezzo was intended for a contralto (Podles comes to mind)
transposition was a norm during Rossini's time - he apparently approved of soprano/mezzo Rosinas but I can't find any comment on
Semiramide although Malibran sang both in Paris while he was living there and was a good friend of Rossini
Jim Eaton

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