01. I Lombardi: La Mia Letizia Infondere
02. Torna A Soriento
05. Aida: Se Quel Guerrier Io Fossi ... Celeste Aida (Act 1)
06. Madama Butterfly: Addio, fiorito asil
07. Tu Ca Nun Chiagne
08. Turandot: Nessun Dorma
09. Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba
10. 'O paese d'o sole
11. Coro 'n Grato
12. Il Trovatore: Ah Si, Ben Mio
13. Rigoletto: Questa O Quella
14. Maria Mari
15. O Holy Night
16. The Land Of Smiles: You Are My Heart's Delight
The immortal operatic melodies of Puccini are captured in all their beauty, grandeur and power in this fabulous debut album from Opera Australia stars Antoinette Halloran and Rosario la Spina.
From the heartbreaking duets for soprano and tenor from La bohème to the blockbuster arias of Tosca and onto the tour-de-force of Nessun Dorma, this is Puccini for the new operatic age, with voices of heroic dimensions.
An opera in three acts
Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil, after Undine by Friedrich Heinrich de la Motte Fouqué
A production by Opera Australia recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in March 2007
Richard Hickox and Opera Australia’s Australian premiere production of Dvorák’s Rusalka opened to spectacular reviews in March 2007.
‘Hickox and the orchestra capture its sudden changeability and dramatic force, elegantly shaping the luscious, sweeping melodies while inflecting the intoxicating, folk music-inspired rhythms with grace and bite’, noted The Australian.
Chandos recorded the performances live and here releases the opera on a 3-CD set. Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy-tale The Little Mermaid, Rusalka tells of a water-spirit who falls in love with a prince. Enlisting the help of a witch, Rusalka becomes human so as to marry him. When the prince tires of her, and is unfaithful, she tries to return to the water, but a condition of her becoming human has been violated and she eventually dies together with the remorseful prince. Her story is of human desire, self-sacrifice and the search for enlightenment.
Missa Solemnis op. 123 per Soli, Coro e Orchestra
After forging successful musical careers independently over the past decade, Anna-Maria and Rosario La Spina have come together for their first album, ALWAYS YOU.
02. I Wish I'd Never Known
03. Always You
05. Love Holds The Answer
06. Time To Say Goodbye
07. Breaking Every Boundary
09. The Prayer
11. You And I
12. Run To The Hills