December 10, 2015

Catania, Sicily. October, 2015

The tomb of favorite son and opera composer Vincenzo Bellini in Catania's cathedral. There are so many references to this man throughout the city that it was surprising to us when the tour director on our Windstar cruise kept referring to him as Benini. Even in his prepared slides. Do your homework, mister! Fortunately, not disturbed by bad spelling, Bellini's work survives and continues to come alive through the voices of singers around the world. (My own version of "Casta Diva" from his 'Norma' remains flawed but enjoyable. Though not as riveting as Callas' cover.)

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