Elle: French Opera Arias | Prima Classic PRIMA004

Elle: French Opera Arias

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Label: Prima Classic

Cat No: PRIMA004

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 27th March 2020

Contents

Works

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» Quand je vous aimerai?... L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Act 1)
Les Pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers)
» Me voila seul ... Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre

Charpentier, Gustave

Louise
» Depuis le jour (Act 3)

Debussy, Claude

L'enfant prodigue
» L'annee en vain... Azael! Azael!

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Elles ne sont plus la... Il ne revient pas (Act 3)
» Les grands seigneurs ... Ah! Je ris de me voir (Act 3)
Romeo et Juliette
» Ah, je veux vivre dans ce reve (Act 1)
» Dieu! quel frisson... Amour, ranime mon courage (Act 4)

Massenet, Jules

Herodiade
» Celui dont la parole ...Il est doux, il est bon (Act 1)
Le Cid
» De cet affreux combat ...Pleurez, pleurez, mes yeux
Manon
» Allons! Il le faut pour lui-meme! ...Adieu, notre petite table (Act 2)
Thais
» Ah! je suis seule ...Dis-moi que je suis belle (Act 2)
» O messager de Dieu (Act3)

Artists

Marina Rebeka (soprano)
Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen

Conductor

Michael Balke

Works

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» Quand je vous aimerai?... L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Act 1)
Les Pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers)
» Me voila seul ... Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre

Charpentier, Gustave

Louise
» Depuis le jour (Act 3)

Debussy, Claude

L'enfant prodigue
» L'annee en vain... Azael! Azael!

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Elles ne sont plus la... Il ne revient pas (Act 3)
» Les grands seigneurs ... Ah! Je ris de me voir (Act 3)
Romeo et Juliette
» Ah, je veux vivre dans ce reve (Act 1)
» Dieu! quel frisson... Amour, ranime mon courage (Act 4)

Massenet, Jules

Herodiade
» Celui dont la parole ...Il est doux, il est bon (Act 1)
Le Cid
» De cet affreux combat ...Pleurez, pleurez, mes yeux
Manon
» Allons! Il le faut pour lui-meme! ...Adieu, notre petite table (Act 2)
Thais
» Ah! je suis seule ...Dis-moi que je suis belle (Act 2)
» O messager de Dieu (Act3)

Artists

Marina Rebeka (soprano)
Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen

Conductor

Michael Balke

About

“Elle” is Marina Rebeka’s new solo album, celebrating the diversity of the female roles in some of the greatest French opera arias of the canon.

From a sweet recounting of the pleasures of love in Charpentier’s Louise, to the steely determination of Juliette in Gounod’s last scene, passing through the new-found piety of Thaïs, Carmen’s indomitably wild character, Chimène’s extreme sadness in Le Cid, and Marguerite’s transformation from an innocent girl in love into a woman longing for a man who will not return, these and the many more arias that fill this recording explore the emotional spectrum of the female roles in French opera.

A perfect modern introduction to French opera for the new listener as well as a valuable addition to the library of the connoisseur, Elle showcases the extraordinary art of Marina Rebeka, one of the most complete sopranos of our times, with not only a unique vocal prowess and range extension but with an unusually deep interpretative emotion, making each aria come to life in a new way.

Elle is a studio recording featuring the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen (Switzerland) conducted by Michael Balke, marking Marina Rebeka’s fourth solo album.

Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka is one of the leading opera singers of our time and has gained a wide reputation as one of the greatest Verdi, Rossini and Mozart interpreters in the world. Since her international breakthrough at the Salzburg Festival in 2009 under the baton of Riccardo Muti, Rebeka has been a regular guest at the world’s most prestigious concert halls and opera houses, such as the Teatro alla Scala (Milan), the Opera National de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall (New York), the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Bavarian State Opera (Munich), the Vienna State Opera and the Musikverein (Vienna), and the Zurich Opera House, among others. In the 2017/18 season, she was named the first ever artist in residence by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. In December 2016, Rebeka was granted the Order of the Three Stars, the highest award of the Republic of Latvia, for her cultural achievements.

Reviews

This is an exceptional recital of sumptuous late 19th century French opera.
MusicWeb International
Few singers tackle Bizet’s mezzoish Carmen and the high coloratura pyrotechnics of Leïla in his early opera The Pearl Fishers, but the Latvian singer is nothing if not versatile. She brings a formidable dramatic attack, reminiscent of Callas or Régine Crespin, to Massenet’s Salomé and Chimène (in Le Cid), and sensual lyricism to his Thaïs.
The Sunday Times

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