“Terra e mare”

Giacomo Puccini, "Terra e mare"
Martin Luther Clark, tenor; Enrique Mazzola, piano

Surprisingly for a composer with such an extraordinary gift for lyricism, Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) produced only 17 songs. Among them is "Terra e mare" ("Land and sea"), dating from 1902. At that time the composer had already given the world Manon Lescaut, La bohème, and Tosca, with Madama Butterfly having its premiere two years later. Another surprise is that Puccini, who in opera didn't hesitate to incorporate high Cs into music for his sopranos and tenors, gives this song quite a limited range—just an octave. In every phrase he also concentrates on a specific, insistent rhythmic pattern in the vocal line, creating a mesmerizing effect as the singer mentions specific images, including the poppies, the wind, and above all, the deep voice of the sea.

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About the Ryan Opera Center

About the Ryan Opera Center

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is Lyric's preeminent artist-development program that nurtures the talents of some of the most promising operatic singers and pianists of each generation. The program's Ensemble members earn their coveted spot by successfully auditioning among more than 400 artists worldwide. Its alumni are among the dominant names in opera today. Donor generosity ensures continued unparalleled training, performance experience, and professional readiness of Ensemble members. This highly competitive program, established in 1974, is honored to enjoy the support of acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming as Advisor, along with full-time staff Director Dan Novak, Music Director Craig Terry, and Director of Vocal Studies Julia Faulkner.

Photos: Kyle Flubacker