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"Gioia!" Rossini, Donizetti Verdi, Puccini / Aleksandra Kurzak, soprano

Audio Samples

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>     Una voce poco fa
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro, K.492
>     Giunse alfin il momento... Deh viene, non tardar
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor
>     Regnava nel silenzio
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>     Mein Herr Marquis
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>     O mio babbino caro
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     E strano... Ah, fors'è lui... Sempre libera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>     Gualtier Maldè... Caro nome
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera
>     Son vergin vezzosa
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>     Una parola, o Adina... Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     Quando me n'vò
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Straszny Dwor (The Haunted Manor)
>     Do grobu trwac w bezzennym stanie!

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro, K.492
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Straszny Dwor (The Haunted Manor)
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Polish lyric soprano, Aleksandra Kurzak, is one of the most exciting young singers on the international stage - thrilling press and public alike with her performances in Europe and the US. Aleksandra Kurzak came to international prominence in 2008 when she triumphed in the title role of Matilde di Shabran at the Royal Opera opposite Juan Diego Florez. As the Guardian critic wrote "Florez's sparring partner here is Aleksandra Kurzak, his equal in technique and vocal glamour".

The Independent
There's a gamine appeal about young Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, who brings an innocent enthusiasm to the arias on this debut collection, negotiating the richly ornamented phrases with an almost exultant relish. Her joie de vivre is well-suited to the "laughing aria" from Die Fledermaus... while her vibrato during "Regnava nel silenzio"... is so controlled it's astonishing to learn she received no vocal training till she was 19.

BBC Music Magazine
Kurzak impresses as a coloratura soprano of the old school

The Times
There's no doubt that her voice is stupendous: firm, true, crystal-clear in coloratura, beautifully rich in legato. I enjoyed this far more than recent releases by more famous sopranos.

Gramophone Magazine
So, what's special? The tone quality of the voice, in which an apparently endless sparkle is subtly coloured by darker, East European tints. The accuracy of pitch and intervals... The ability to act with the voice (Adele and Lauretta, which follow each other here, sound really radically different). Also, and it's not as common as you may think, she conveys a real understanding of the text.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia (2010-12-09_2010-12-12&2010-).



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>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Una voce poco fa
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Omer Wellber
  • Ensemble: Orchestra De La Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 :: Giunse alfin il momento... Deh viene, non tardar
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Omer Wellber
  • Ensemble: Orchestra De La Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor :: Regnava nel silenzio
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Omer Wellber
  • Ensemble: Orchestra De La Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus :: Mein Herr Marquis
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Omer Wellber
  • Ensemble: Orchestra De La Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1874

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Omer Wellber
  • Ensemble: Orchestra De La Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: E strano... Ah, fors'è lui... Sempre libera
  • Performers: Aleksandra Kurzak (Tenor); Francesco Demuro (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Omer Wellber
  • Ensemble: Orchestra De La Comunitat Valenciana
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Gualtier Maldè... Caro nome
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Omer Wellber
  • Ensemble: Orchestra De La Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera :: Son vergin vezzosa
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Omer Wellber
  • Ensemble: Orchestra De La Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera :: Una parola, o Adina... Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera
  • Performers: Aleksandra Kurzak (Tenor); Francesco Demuro (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Omer Wellber
  • Ensemble: Orchestra De La Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Quando me n'vò
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Omer Wellber
  • Ensemble: Orchestra De La Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Straszny Dwor (The Haunted Manor) :: Do grobu trwac w bezzennym stanie!
  • Performers: Aleksandra Kurzak (Violin); Gjorgi Dimceuski (Violin)
  • Conductor: Omer Wellber
  • Ensemble: Orchestra De La Comunitat Valenciana
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1861-1864