My Life is an Opera features 16 arias and duets reflecting significant moments in Alagna’s life and career. He is accompanied on a number of tracks by his partner, Aleksandra Kurzak. The CD features such opera hits as ‘Che farò senza Euridice’ from Orfeo ed Euridice, ‘Donna non vidi mai’ from Manon Lescaut, ‘Vesti la giubba’ from Pagliacci and La danza by Rossini.
1. Manon Lescaut - Ah, Manon, mi tradisce 2. Manon Lescaut - Donna non vidi mai 3. Eugene Onegin - Pour moi ce jour est tout mystère ( Kuda, Kuda) 4. La Reine de Saba - Faiblesse de la race humaine... Inspirez-moi, race divine 5. A la Luz de la Luna - Duet with Aleksandra Kurak (Anton y Michelena) 6. Napolitan Tarentella - La danza 7. Sigurd - Esprits, gardiens de ces lieux vénérés 8. Roberto Devereux - Un tenero cuore... (Part 1) * 9. Roberto Devereux - Cabaletta: Un lampo, un lampo orribile… (Part 2)* 10. Madama Butterfly - Addio Fiorito asil 11. Hérodiade - Ne pouvant réprimer… Adieu donc 12. Orpee et Euridyce - Che faro senza Euridice 13. Die Königin von Saba - Magische Töne 14. Le Dernier Jour d'un Condamne - Il est dix heures… Encore six heures 15. I Pagliacci - Introduction I Pagliacci 16.I Pagliacci - Recitar… Vesti la Giubba
London Orchestra Conductor: Yvan Cassar Roberto Alagna, tenor Aleksandra Kurzak, soprano* Running Time: 57.00 mins Year: 2014
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Only previously unreleased recordings. No Verdi, no Bizet, very few commercial "hits" but rather a sumptuous playlist, rich in rarities and surprises: for instance "Magishe Töne" from "Die Königin von Saba" by Goldmark, but also Sigurd and another "Reine de Saba" by Gounod, an aria from "Orfeo ed Euridice" by Gluck in its Italian version, or an extract from a contemporary work "The last day of a condemned man" based on Hugo's novel, and also a real gem, the Lenski aria translated and sung in French. His 'Recitar ... Vesti la giubba' from 'Pagliacci' sounds amazing, with sentences given in a single breath, perfectly held on the high point, very moving. Vocally, ALAGNA is in a great shape. As usual, his diction is near perfect in every languages. He is hitting the top notes with great ease (his duet with the gifted soprano Aleksandra KURZAK, in an excerpt from "Roberto Devereux", ends with a breathtaking High D!). In this CD, Alagna's rendition is sublime, his timbre still very fresh and clear but in addition he won a wider range, a great ability to color his interpretation with many nuances and a kind of naturalness in his manner of singing, without any superfluous effect. It's simply brilliant and very moving in the verismo repertoire (Puccini, Leoncavallo) as well as in the great French repertoire (Reyer, Massenet...) .
As you can read, I am very enthusiastic and I suggest everyone to listen to it, it's a high quality return to the Studio for Alagna! You might enjoy many beautiful moments with this record, as varied but consistent as a life could be ... an "operatic" life!
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A really glorious CD with a freshness and spontaneity rarely heard these days. Interesting choices of tracks as well.
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