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Beyond Imagination

Audio Samples

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>     Un Bel Di, arranged as song
>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
>     arranged as song
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
>     arrang
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>     arranged as song
>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>     O Fortuna
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>     Flower Duet "Lakmé H20"
>     Flower Duet "VibeTribe Mix"
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>     Ebben?... ne andrò lontana
>Morricone, Ennio : Cinema Paradiso
>     You Live On In My Heart
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     Chanson Bohème
>Coulter, Phil : Remember Me
>George Forrest / Robert W : Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin)
>     Stranger in Paradise
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
>     Ode to Joy, arranged as song
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>     1001 Nights
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>     Barcarolle
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>     Triumphal March, arranged as song

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Morricone, Ennio : Cinema Paradiso
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Coulter, Phil : Remember Me
>George Forrest / Robert W : Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
Performers Conductors Ensemble
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Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Operababes: Rebecca Knight, Karen England.

Producers include: Jon Cohen, Noely, Anne Dudley, Frank Gallagher, Jim Steinman, Avi Geller.

Recorded in London, England and New York, New York.

Personnel: Ivor Goldberg, Juan Martín , Mitch Dalton, John Parricelli (guitar); Everton Nelson (strings); Jon Cohen (piano, programming); David Hartley (piano); Richard Cottle, Wayne Wilkins (keyboards, programming); Jeff Bova (keyboards); Kodo (drums); Frank Ricotti, Paul Clarvis, Luis Jardim (percussion).

Recording information: Angel Studios; Hit Factory, NY; Maxium Studios; Olympic Studios, London, England; SARM West Studios; sony Music Studios; Vibe Tribe HQ, London, England; WEstside Studios.

There's more to the Opera Babes than what meets the eye. Yes, they're blonde and attractive, and they favor slinky outfits emblazoned with animal prints. But mezzo Karen England and soprano Rebecca Knight bring plenty of substance along with their style. They're serious musicians whose aim it is to attract a wider and younger audience to a medium they love. Their goal, England says, is "to make opera and classical music less intimidating." As such, this debut album offers an assortment of decidedly unconventional versions of popular arias and familiar themes. Selections such as Puccini's "Un Bel Di," Delibes's "Flower Duet," Orff's "O Fortuna," and Verdi's "Vittoria," as well as adaptations of melodies by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorak, among others, boast eclectic arrangements that showcase the diverse imaginations of producers such as Frank Gallagher, Anne Dudley, and Jim Steinman. But regardless of the setting, the clear, bright voices of England and Knight always shine through. Purists and hard-liners may not take to the duo's somewhat freewheeling approach, but open-minded listeners will surely discover that "serious" music can be fun.

REVIEWS:

New Age Voice (01/03, p.12) - "...The OperaBabes are revitalizing a dying art form, making opera cool again for a whole new generation..."



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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Un Bel Di, arranged as song
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano); Kodo (Drums)
  • Conductor: Cliff Masterson
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 :: arranged as song
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Paul Griffiths
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1868

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" :: arrang
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Jon Cohen (Piano); Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/10/1893-05/24/1893.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: arranged as song
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Jon Cohen (Piano); Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Ivor Goldberg (Guitar); Rebecca Knight (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana :: O Fortuna
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé :: Flower Duet "Lakmé H20"
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben?... ne andrò lontana
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Paul Griffiths
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Morricone, Ennio : Cinema Paradiso :: You Live On In My Heart
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Mitchell Dalton (Guitar); Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Ivor Goldberg (Guitar); David Hartley (Piano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1988

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Chanson Bohème
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Paul Clarvis (Percussion); Rebecca Knight (Soprano); Juan Martin (Guitar); Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Coulter, Phil : Remember Me
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Paul Clarvis (Percussion); Richard Cottle (Keyboards); Richard Cottle (Programming); Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano); John Parricelli (Guitar); Wayne Wilkins (Keyboards); Wayne Wilkins (Programming)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>George Forrest / Robert W : Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin) :: Stranger in Paradise
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" :: Ode to Joy, arranged as song
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Richard Cottle (Keyboards); Richard Cottle (Programming); Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano); John Parricelli (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: 1001 Nights
  • Performers: Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Opera Babes; Rebecca Knight (Soprano); Frank Ricotti (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne :: Barcarolle
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé :: Flower Duet "VibeTribe Mix"
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Rebecca Knight (Soprano); Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Triumphal March, arranged as song
  • Performers: Opera Babes; Jeff Bova (Keyboards); Jeff Bova (Programming); Jon Cohen (Keyboards); Jon Cohen (Programming); Karen England (Mezzo-Soprano); Rebecca Knight (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871