Nicole Car: The Kiss | ABC Classics ABC4812371

Nicole Car: The Kiss

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Label: ABC Classics

Cat No: ABC4812371

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th March 2016

Contents

Works

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» Je dis que rien m'espouvante

Cilea, Francesco

Adriana Lecouvreur
» Intermezzo (Act 2)
» Io son l'umile ancella

Dvorak, Antonin

Rusalka, op.114
» Mesicku na nebi hlubokem

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Ah! Je ris de me voir

Massenet, Jules

Thais
» Dis-moi que je suis belle

Puccini, Giacomo

La Boheme
» Mi chiamano Mimi

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Servilia
» Tsveti moi!

Smetana, Bedrich

The Kiss
» And you, my baby - Sleep now, my angel (Act 1)
» Overture

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Eugene Onegin, op.24
» Introduction (Act I)
» Puskay pogibnu ya 'Tatiana's Letter Scene'

Verdi, Giuseppe

Il trovatore
» Tacea la notte placida
Simon Boccanegra
» Come in quest'ora bruna (Act 1)

Artists

Nicole Car (soprano)
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Conductor

Andrea Molino

Works

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» Je dis que rien m'espouvante

Cilea, Francesco

Adriana Lecouvreur
» Intermezzo (Act 2)
» Io son l'umile ancella

Dvorak, Antonin

Rusalka, op.114
» Mesicku na nebi hlubokem

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Ah! Je ris de me voir

Massenet, Jules

Thais
» Dis-moi que je suis belle

Puccini, Giacomo

La Boheme
» Mi chiamano Mimi

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Servilia
» Tsveti moi!

Smetana, Bedrich

The Kiss
» And you, my baby - Sleep now, my angel (Act 1)
» Overture

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Eugene Onegin, op.24
» Introduction (Act I)
» Puskay pogibnu ya 'Tatiana's Letter Scene'

Verdi, Giuseppe

Il trovatore
» Tacea la notte placida
Simon Boccanegra
» Come in quest'ora bruna (Act 1)

Artists

Nicole Car (soprano)
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Conductor

Andrea Molino

About

Nicole Car is one of the brightest stars on the international opera scene. In October 2015 she made a sensational debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to unanimous critical acclaim, singing Micaela in Carmen; in December 2015 she returned to Covent Garden in the lead role in Eugene Onegin opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky and caused quite a stir!

Nicole has been known to Australian audiences for several years through her major roles for Opera Australia. She has already won the 2013 Neue Stimmen competition (Germany) and received nominations in the International Opera Awards and Australia's Helpmann Awards.

The Kiss surveys the arias that have made Nicole’s name. 19th-century gems, both well known and unjustly neglected, that showcase the outstanding beauty, unforced lyricism and compelling passion of her voice. At the heart of the disc stands the ‘Letter Scene’ from Eugene Onegin – Nicole’s performances of which have astounded audiences across the world. Her passion for Russian repertoire continues with music by Rimsky-Korsakov. A gorgeous and rarely recorded lullaby by Smetana from the opera Hubicka (The Kiss) gives the album its name, and the themes of intimacy and love that feature throughout the recording. From Rusalka asking the silver moon to shine on her beloved prince, so far away, to Amelia in Simon Boccanegra eagerly awaiting her lover’s arrival; from Servilia lamenting her fate, torn between love and duty, to Gounod’s Marguerite trembling with excitement as she sees herself in newfound jewels - this is an album of beguiling, passionate gems sung by one of the finest voices of today.

Reviews

Nicole Car not only has an outstandingly beautiful and versatile voice, but a keen musical intelligence to go with it; the difference between merely singing an aria and being completely inside it. Car commands the languages, emotions and nuances of her many cameos with consummate style. The vibrato is certainly there - it’s quite fast and something to be managed as she progresses. Not surprisingly, her Slavic selections are a cut above, the Dvořák Song to the Moon authentic and meltingly lovely. Also proving her western European credentials, Car opens and closes her recital in France, with an exquisite Gounod Jewel Song, and Dis-moi que je suis belle from Massenet’s Thaďs, her ringing finale leaving one speechless.  Des Hutchinson (Recording of the Month)
MusicWeb International May 2016

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