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French Opera Arias

Album Summary

>Bazin, François : Maitre Pathelin
>Massenet, Jules : Le Cid
>Cherubini, Luigi : Les abencerages
>Gounod, Charles : Mireille
>Gretry, Andre-Ernest-Mode : L' Amant jaloux (Les Fausses Apparences), opera
>Halévy, Jacques : La juive
>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Die Afrikanerin
>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Iphigenie en Tauride
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Lalo, Edouard : Le Roi d'Ys
>Méhul, Etienne-Nicolas : Joseph
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
>Bruneau, Alfred : L'attaque du moulin
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone wrote of this album of French Opera Arias: "A fine recital by Alagna which finds him in good voice and exploiting a sensitive feeling for the byways of French opera - this, it seems to me, is one of the best recitals Alagna has recorded."

MusicWeb International
This is an interestingly put together recital which manages to illuminate much of the tenor repertoire in 19th century French opera (and early) whilst mixing the known and the unknown. Of course, it only works properly because Alagna brings to each aria his familiar intelligence and musicality.

Notes & Reviews:

This disc received the 2001 Gramophone magazine award for "Best Recital Recording."



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Works Details

>François Bazin (1816 - 1878) : Maître Pathelin :: Act 1. Romance
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Massenet, Jules : Le Cid :: Act 3. "Ah! tout est bien fini!... O souverain, ô juge, ô père"
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: Spain.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Cherubini, Luigi : Les abencérages :: Act 2. Récitatif et Air
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1813
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gounod, Charles : Mireille :: Act 3. Cavatine
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863-1864
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (Composer) (1741 - 1813) : L' Amant jaloux (Les Fausses Apparences), opera :: Act 2. Sérénade
  • Performers: James Ellis (Mandolin); Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1778
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Fromental Halévy (Composer) (1799 - 1862) : La juive :: Act 4. Air
  • Performers: Lucy Foster; Elizabeth Fyfe (English Horn); Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon :: Act 3. Romance
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1866
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Die Afrikanerin :: Act 4. "Pays merveilleux"
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection begins with "Pays merveilleux..."
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1845-10/1846
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Iphigénie en Tauride :: Act 2. Récitatif et Air
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection begins with "Quel langage accablant..."
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1774
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. Récitatif et Romance
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection begins with "A cette voix quel trouble agitait tout mon être..."
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lalo, Edouard : Le Roi d'Ys :: Act 3. "Puisqu'on ne peut fléchir... Vainement, ma bien-aimée"
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection begins with "Puisqu'on ne peut fléchir..."
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1875-1888
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Etienne-Nicolas Méhul (Composer) (1763 - 1817) : Joseph :: Act 1. Récitatif et Air
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1807
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 :: Act 3. "Vois ma misère, hélas!"
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bruneau, Alfred : L'attaque du moulin :: Act 2. "Le jour tombe, la nuit va bercer les grands chênes"
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio