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Rossini: Opera Arias & Duets, "Si, Si, Si, Si" / Marie Nicole Lemieux, contralto; Partizia Ciofi, soprano; Enrique Mazzola; Orchestre National de Montpelier Occitanie

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : L' italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : La pietra del paragone, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Matilde di Shabran, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Duetto buffo di due gatti (cat duet)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Rossini has been a revelation for me," says Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux. The first fruit of her exclusive Erato contract is this live recording from Montpellier of arias and duets from Tancredi, Semiramide, L'italiana in Algeri and other serious and comic operas by the composer. She is joined by soprano Patrizia Ciofi and conductor Enrique Mazzola, also her partners for a 2014 staging of Tancredi in Paris, which prompted La Croix to praise her as "a generous artist with a voice that is both ample and easily produced across its entire tessitura ... from the depths to top notes that flash like a cavalier's sabre." Marie-Nicole Lemieux triumphantly defies the frequent assertion that the contralto is a dying breed. Moreover, with this live recital of Rossini arias and duets, the Canadian singer proves that a deep, rich, voluminous female voice can move with the same dazzling agility as a light, bright soprano. Since she first came to the world's attention in 2000, when she won the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition for Opera in Brussels, Lemieux, who has been praised by Gramophone for her "velvet-like voice and generosity in phrasing and thought", has established herself in a wide variety of operatic roles.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Opéra Berlioz-Le Corum, Montpellier, France (12/02/2015/12/05/2015).



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>Rossini, Gioachino : L' italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera :: Cruda sorte!
  • Performers: Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Julien Veronese
  • Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
  • Ensemble: Orchestre National de Montpelier Occitanie
  • Notes: Opéra Berlioz-Le Corum, Montpellier, France (12/02/2015/12/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813

>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera :: Oh patria!... Tu che accendi questo core... Di tanti palpiti
  • Performers: Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Julien Veronese
  • Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
  • Notes: Opéra Berlioz-Le Corum, Montpellier, France (12/02/2015/12/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813

>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera :: Fiero incontro!... Lasciami
  • Performers: Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Julien Veronese
  • Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
  • Notes: Opéra Berlioz-Le Corum, Montpellier, France (12/02/2015/12/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813

>Rossini, Gioachino : La pietra del paragone, opera :: Quel dirmi, oh Dio!
  • Performers: Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Pascal Scheuir (Horn); Julien Veronese
  • Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
  • Notes: Opéra Berlioz-Le Corum, Montpellier, France (12/02/2015/12/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1812

>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera :: In sì barbara sciagura
  • Performers: Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Julien Veronese
  • Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
  • Notes: Opéra Berlioz-Le Corum, Montpellier, France (12/02/2015/12/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1823

>Rossini, Gioachino : L' italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera :: Amici, in ogni evento... Pensa alla patria
  • Performers: Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Julien Veronese
  • Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
  • Notes: Opéra Berlioz-Le Corum, Montpellier, France (12/02/2015/12/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813

>Rossini, Gioachino : Matilde di Shabran, opera :: Sazia tu fossi alfine... Ah! perché, perché la morte
  • Performers: Sylvain Carboni (Horn); Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Julien Veronese
  • Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
  • Notes: Opéra Berlioz-Le Corum, Montpellier, France (12/02/2015/12/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1821

>Rossini, Gioachino : La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie), opera :: Deh, pensa che domani... E ben, per mia memoria
  • Performers: Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Julien Veronese
  • Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
  • Notes: Opéra Berlioz-Le Corum, Montpellier, France (12/02/2015/12/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Una voce poco fa
  • Performers: Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Julien Veronese
  • Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
  • Notes: Opéra Berlioz-Le Corum, Montpellier, France (12/02/2015/12/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : Duetto buffo di due gatti (cat duet)
  • Performers: Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Julien Veronese
  • Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
  • Notes: Opéra Berlioz-Le Corum, Montpellier, France (12/02/2015/12/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1816