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Puccini: Suor Angelica / Kristine Opolais, Lioba Braun, Mojca Erdmann, Nadezhda Serdyuk. Andris Nelsons

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
>Puccini, Giacomo : Preludio a orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Uncut, Suor Angelica lasts just about an hour, and one often hearts it in the concert hall today. With its unrestrained melancholy and mystical ambience, a concert performance does not diminish the impact of the title heroine and her moving fate. Andris Nelsons explores the full breadth of Puccini's musical language in this one acter, and Kristine Opolais' uniquely shaded timbre and her clear sense of line make Angelica a woman of flesh and blood. Recorded at the Philharmonie Cologne in May and October of 2011.

Financial Times, August 2012
Nelsons draws sensitive responses from the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus but resists the temptation to "go soft" on the story, so that the performance unfolds with inexorable dramatic sweep. Even better, Opolais uses her considerable vocal powers to draw a psychological portrait of formidable insight.

Sunday Times, September 2012
Kristine Opolais (Mrs Andris Nelsons) may not have the vocal opulence of Renata Tebaldi or Mirella Freni, or the intensity of Renata Scotto, but her beautifully sung account of this heart-rending role demonstrates that her sensational Royal Opera debut as Butterfly was no fluke...Nelsons and the WDRSO relish Puccini's orchestration.

The Guardian, September 2012
Opolais's bright, intensely focused soprano, together with her husband Andris Nelsons's equally crisp handling of the orchestral writing, gives the score a much sharper definition than usual. Not everything in her singing is idiomatically Italianate, but there is nothing remotely mawkish or sugary sweet about the performance...Lioba Braun's haughty, formidable Principessa is the perfect foil to Opolais.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
Nelsons evokes atmosphere with energy and clean-cut textures. All told, the effect is slightly cool, but many will prefer it to overheated Italianate performances, especially with such a credibly young and affecting heroine.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Kristine Opalais is an attractive young Latvian soprano who is scheduled to make her Met debut this season (in La Rondine). She has the right type of voice for Angelica, fresh and bright, with a well-controlled top. She's a good vocal actress, and she has obviously taken pains with her Italian pronunciation. Lioba Braun's Principessa has a solid low register and is suitably strong and implacable; and Mojca Erdmann is a perky, vivacious Sister Genovieve. It's a good performance. Orfeo supplies libretto and translation - a pleasant surprise. Nelsons (who is Opalais's husband) is an effective conductor, and the sound is fine.

Opera, December 2012
A winning combination. Opolais possesses a freshness, richness and sense of urgency in her soprano that matches well with the fragility and strength of Puccini's nun ... [a] beautifully-managed recording.

International Record Review, December 2012
[Kristine Opolais has] a fine lyric spinto, silvery tone, perfect for Puccini...Mojca Erdmann is a delightful Suor Genonieffa, her crystal-clear soubrette just right for this well-meaning chatterbox...[Braun's] mezzo has suitable coldness and depth...Puccini's orchestration is revelled in.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
[Opolais's] bright soprano, with its surface sparkle, vividly portrays the intense feelings of Sister Angelica...Lioba Braun has the right dark forceful mezzo for the Princess... Nelsons paces the opera fluidly and the orchestral balance is close, making Puccini's colours come over strongly.

MusicWeb International
Excellence of singing in a warm blooded performance, recorded immaculately ... a wholehearted success.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kölner Philharmonie.


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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
  • Performer: Kristine Opolais (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Ensemble: WDR Radio Symphony Chorus
  • Notes: Kölner Philharmonie (05/12/2011-05/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : Preludio a orchestra
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1876