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Midsummer Night / Kate Royal, et al

Album Summary

>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Miss Julie, opera
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le Rossignol, opera (lyric tale) in 3 acts
>Walton, William : Troilus and Cressida
>Floyd, Carlisle : Susannah
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
>Lehár, Franz : The Merry Widow
>Barber, Samuel : Vanessa, Op. 32
>Britten, Benjamin : Paul Bunyan, operetta, Op. 17
>Messager, Andre : Monsieur Beaucaire, operetta
>Britten, Benjamin : Turn of the Screw, chamber opera, Op. 54
>Herrmann, Bernard : Wuthering Heights, opera
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"With recital discs, a singer can go in either of two directions: one path sticks to familiar territory, the other veers toward pastures new. Congratulations to Kate Royal for adopting the adventurous route in her second CD...Royal's voice is the best instrument of all: a voice of strong, liquid beauty, unfaltering in any register, never more thrilling than when pealing or gliding in long breaths." -The Times

"This is the most enjoyable collection of arias I can remember hearing, and the enjoyment lies as much in the unusual (ie imaginative) choice of repertoire as in the beauty of Royal's lyric soprano and the character of her vocal deportment... In years to come this recital will, I hope, rank as a significant staging-post in the career of an already treasurable artist." -Financial Times

BBC Music Magazine
Kate Royal's lustrous soprano has invited comparisons with that of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and so it does in this imaginative programme, conducted by fellow wunderkind Edward Gardner.

bbc.co.uk - Charlotte Gardner
Dramatically, she and the orchestra capture the early evening atmosphere with its unsettling undercurrents. Vocally, her voice is so lusciously rich there is a mezzo quality to it; her diction is crystal clear, and her top register effortless, pure and true...Royal seems to have a particular gift for getting to the heart of any text, becoming the character and making it her own.

Classic FM Magazine
Listening to Royal is like being thrown back to a bygone age when singers didn't merely perform roles, they became indivisible from them.

Gramophone Magazine
All the extracts from English and American works go extremely well; the aria that gives the disc its title, "Midsummer Night" from William Alwyn's Miss Julie, is a rarity. The Tower scene from the Turn of the Screw, with its spooky woodwind and harp accompaniment, is as good as the Grimes scene - Royal comes into her own in the Britten roles.

Sunday Times
Solos from Britten's Paul Bunyan, Peter Grimes and The Turn of the Screw are dotted among extracts from Alwyn's Miss Julie, Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, Walton's Troilus and Bernard Herrmann's Wuthering Heights. If Royal's voice sounds squeezed at the top of her range, she revels in this lush music.



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Works Details

>Alwyn, William [Composer] : Miss Julie, opera :: Midsummer night
  • Performer: Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: Russia.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le Rossignol, opera (lyric tale) in 3 acts :: The Nightingale's Aria
  • Performers: Andrew Staples (Tenor); Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1908-1914

>Walton, William : Troilus and Cressida :: At the haunted end of the day
  • Performer: Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1947-1976

>Floyd, Carlisle : Susannah :: The trees on the mountains
  • Performer: Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1953-1954

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Rusalka :: Song to the Moon
  • Performer: Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes :: Is the boat in?...Embroidery in childhood
  • Performers: Kate Royal (Voice); Thomas Allen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1945

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : The Merry Widow :: Vilja-Lied
  • Performer: Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1905

>Barber, Samuel : Vanessa, Op. 32 :: Do not utter a word
  • Performer: Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1956-57.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1956-1957

>Britten, Benjamin : Paul Bunyan, operetta, Op. 17 :: Tiny's Song
  • Performer: Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1941

>André Messager (1853 - 1929) : Monsieur Beaucaire, operetta :: Rossignol
  • Performer: Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1919

>Britten, Benjamin : Turn of the Screw, chamber opera, Op. 54 :: How beautiful it is
  • Performer: Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Herrmann, Bernard : Wuthering Heights, opera :: I have dreamt
  • Performer: Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) :: Mariettas Lied
  • Performer: Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1920.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1920