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My Life is an Opera - 15 arias and duos by Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Gounod, Rossini, Reyer, Donizetti, Massenet, Leoncavallo et al. / Roberto Alagna, tenor

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugène Onéguine
>Gounod, Charles : La Reine de Saba
>Michelena, Anton y : La Luz de la Luna, for 2 voices & orchestra
>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
>Reyer, Ernest : Sigurd
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Roberto Devereux
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Massenet, Jules : Hérodiade
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orphée et Euridyce
>Goldmark, Karl [Composer] : Die Königin von Saba
>Alagna, David : Le Dernier Jour D'un Condamné
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Financial Times, 21st February 2015
Loud, no-holds-barred singing that thrives on passion at any cost...Goldmark's Die K÷nigin von Saba sounds strained, but rare French arias by Gounod and Reyer come across vividly and he makes an intense Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.

The Telegraph, 1st March 2015
Alagna is not one for great subtlety, but when he sings with clearly focused, red-blooded tone, direct emotion and vivid enunciation, he can hit straight at the heart of the operatic matter. The richly expressive accounts of Des Grieux's arias from Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" which open the programme demonstrate this forcefully.

Roberto Alagna is THE most well-known French tenor worldwide, with 30 years of career on stage, and 60 opera roles in his repertoire. For this all-new album, he sings selections both familiar and less well-known as well as duets with soprano Aleksandra Kurzak. Highlghts include selections from I Pagliacci, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Roberto Devereux and many more.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Air Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014).



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>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Ah, Manon, mi tradisce...
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Donna non vidid mai...
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugène Onéguine :: Pour moi ce jour est tout mystère... (Kuda, Kuda)
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1877-1878

>Gounod, Charles : La Reine de Saba :: Faiblesse de la race humaine... Inspirez-moi, race divine...
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1861-1862

>Michelena, Anton y : La Luz de la Luna, for 2 voices & orchestra
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Aleksandra Kurzak
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.

>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835

>Reyer, Ernest : Sigurd :: Esprits, gardiens de ces lieux vénérés...
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Roberto Devereux :: Un tenero cuore... (Part1)
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Aleksandra Kurzak
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Roberto Devereux :: Cabaletta
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Aleksandra Kurzak
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Addio fiorito asil
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Massenet, Jules : Hérodiade :: Ne Pouvant réprimer... adieu donc...
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orphée et Euridyce :: Che farò senza Euridice
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Goldmark, Karl [Composer] : Die Königin von Saba :: Magische Töne...
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1871

>Alagna, David : Le Dernier Jour D'un Condamné :: Il est dix heures... Encore six heures...
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Introduction
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Recitar... Vesti la giubba...
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yvan Cassar
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892