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Jarmila Novotna: Opera Recital

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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU41582

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 31st March 2014

Contents

Works

Dvorak, Antonin

Rusalka, op.114
» Song to the Moon

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K620
» Ach, ich fuhl's, es ist verschwunden (Act 2)
Don Giovanni, K527
» Ah! Chi mi dice mai
» Fuggi il traditor (Act 1)
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Non so piu, cosa son cosa facio
» Voi che sapete (Act 2)

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour, 'Barcarolle'
» Elle a fui, la tourterelle
» Les oiseaux dans la charmille
» Voyez l'etrange fantasie / C'est un chanson d'amour (Act 4)

Puccini, Giacomo

La Boheme
» Mimi! Speravo di trovarvi qui (Act 3)
» Si. Mi chiamano Mimi (Act 1)
Tosca
» Vissi d'arte (Act 2)

Rossini, Gioacchino

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Una voce poco fa

Smetana, Bedrich

The Bartered Bride (Prodana nevesta)
» Oh, what a grief! (Act 3)
The Kiss
» And you, my baby - Sleep now, my angel (Act 1)

Verdi, Giuseppe

La Traviata
» Addio del passato
» Alfredo! Ach, tu il vedesti! - Parigi, o cara (Act 3)
» E strano, e strano ...Ah, fors'e lui
» Tra-voi (Act 1)

Artists

Jarmila Novotna (soprano)
Ezio Pinza (bass)
Martial Singher (baritone)
Alexander Kipnis (bass)
Raoul Jobin (tenor)
Jan Peerce (tenor)
James Melton (tenor)
Gibner King (piano)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Victor Orchestra

Conductors

Arturo Toscanini
Bruno Walter
Thomas Beecham
Paul Breisach
Frieder Weissmann

Works

Dvorak, Antonin

Rusalka, op.114
» Song to the Moon

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K620
» Ach, ich fuhl's, es ist verschwunden (Act 2)
Don Giovanni, K527
» Ah! Chi mi dice mai
» Fuggi il traditor (Act 1)
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Non so piu, cosa son cosa facio
» Voi che sapete (Act 2)

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour, 'Barcarolle'
» Elle a fui, la tourterelle
» Les oiseaux dans la charmille
» Voyez l'etrange fantasie / C'est un chanson d'amour (Act 4)

Puccini, Giacomo

La Boheme
» Mimi! Speravo di trovarvi qui (Act 3)
» Si. Mi chiamano Mimi (Act 1)
Tosca
» Vissi d'arte (Act 2)

Rossini, Gioacchino

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Una voce poco fa

Smetana, Bedrich

The Bartered Bride (Prodana nevesta)
» Oh, what a grief! (Act 3)
The Kiss
» And you, my baby - Sleep now, my angel (Act 1)

Verdi, Giuseppe

La Traviata
» Addio del passato
» Alfredo! Ach, tu il vedesti! - Parigi, o cara (Act 3)
» E strano, e strano ...Ah, fors'e lui
» Tra-voi (Act 1)

Artists

Jarmila Novotna (soprano)
Ezio Pinza (bass)
Martial Singher (baritone)
Alexander Kipnis (bass)
Raoul Jobin (tenor)
Jan Peerce (tenor)
James Melton (tenor)
Gibner King (piano)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Victor Orchestra

Conductors

Arturo Toscanini
Bruno Walter
Thomas Beecham
Paul Breisach
Frieder Weissmann

About

Jarmila Novotná in a nutshell? The answer is simple: a Czech star of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

From the very beginning, great artists accompanied her meteoric rise (Destinnová, Tenaglia, Malatesta and Piccoli as teachers, and the conductors Toscanini, Klemperer, Zemlinsky, Kleiber, Walter, Blech, Széll...). She appeared to great acclaim on all the most prestigious operas stages worldwide. A beautiful stage presence, natural dramatic performance, utmost certainty of vocal technique and genuine sensitivity predetermined her attaining global celebrity.

Her life, however, was affected by the dark events in Europe and her homeland. She fled the Nazis at "five minutes to midnight", from Berlin, Vienna and Prague. Her ship reached the New World on 15 March 1939, the very day the Germans entered the Czech capital.

With the cachet of a Met star, during World War II she participated in dozens of charity concerts and radio programmes for occupied Czechoslovakia. Yet the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in February 1948 prevented her from returning to her beloved homeland. The war and other historical events thus paradoxically 'sentenced' her to pursuing a career at the Metropolitan Opera, whose audiences she dazzled for 16 years.

This CD comprises unique remastered recordings of Jarmila Novotná’s singular take on selected world-famous arias, and contains recordings previously unavailable on CD.

Historical recordings from 1930-1956.

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