Donizetti.

Yesterday was the birthday of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. Self-Pollution invites you to celebrate with some clips of his greatest hits.

The Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor, sung by the incomparable Natalie Dessay.

“Cheti, cheti, immantinente”, the comic bass/baritone duet from Don Pasquale, performed by Samuel Ramey and Thomas Hampson, and having a blast from the sound of it.

More Lucia: the famous sextet, familiar to fans of Scorsese films as Jack Nicholson’s phone ringtone in The Departed. Featuring Maria Callas and Giuseppe diStefano, with Karajan conducting.

Possibly his best known aria, “Una furtiva lagrima” from L’Elisir d’amore, sung by its best-known interpreter, Luciano Pavarotti at his peak in 1981.

And no Donizetti celebration would be complete without “Ah! mes amis…Pour mon âme” from La fille du régiment, with its infamous 9 high Cs. They’re tossed off with ease in this rendition by young American tenor Lawrence Brownlee.

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