Verdi: La Traviata
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Prima Classic presents its third release, the complete Opera "La Traviata", fully recorded in the studio, with a stellar cast: Marina Rebeka sings Violetta Valéry, Charles Castronovo sings Alfredo and George Petean is in the role of Germont. Michael Balke conducts the Latvian Festival Orchestra and the State Choir Latvija. This is a stunning production, believed to be the first complete recording of the opera for 26 years not based on an existing production, that will surprise the listener for its immediacy and accuracy in both the artistical and technical aspects. Special care has been placed in the audio quality of this album, combining the vitality and freshness of a live performance with the perfection associated with a studio recording. La Traviata is one of the top three most famous and performed operas worldwide, and Marina Rebeka has been singing the role of Violetta to great acclaim almost every season since 2007. She has performed the role in seventeen different productions of La Traviata, singing in houses such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, The Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Operá National de Paris, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, and the Hamburg State Opera, among many others in Europe, Asia, and the USA. Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka is one of the leading opera singers of our time and has gained a wide reputation as one of the greatest Verdi, Rossini and Mozart singers in the world. Since her international breakthrough at the Salzburg Festival in 2009 under the baton of Riccardo Muti, Rebeka has been a regular guest at the world's most prestigious concert halls and opera houses, such as the Teatro alla Scala (Milan), the Opéra National de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall (New York), the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Bavarian State Opera (Munich), the Vienna State Opera and the Musikverein (Vienna), and the Zurich Opera House, among others. In the 2017/18 season, she was named the first ever artist in residence by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. In December 2016, Rebeka was granted the Order of the Three Stars, the highest award of the Republic of Latvia, for her cultural achievements. Acclaimed internationally as one of the finest lyric tenors of his generation, Charles Castronovo has sung at most of the world's leading opera houses, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the San Francisco Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. One of the most sought after Verdian baritones of our time, George Petean appears regularly at the major opera houses in the world, such as the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Zurich Opera House, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Bavarian State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Semperoper Dresden, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Teatro alla Scala, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and others. Equally at home in the symphonic and opera repertoire, the young German conductor Michael Balke is quickly gaining international attention for his performances. He regularly accepts invitations to many European countries as well as Japan, South Korea, Russia, and the United States. Balke was born in Braunschweig and received a full scholarship for his musical education at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano with James Tocco, conducting with Christopher Zimmerman, and chamber music with the Tokyo String Quartet, the LaSalle Quartet, and Menahem Pressler. Also Available: PRIMA001 Spirito - Bellini, Donizetti, Spontini Marina Rebeka CRITICAL ACCLAIM "This complete recording of La Traviata testifies to the prominent place that the Latvian soprano now occupies in the international operatic landscape. And in the role of Violetta Valéry, where the most prestigious comparisons are legion, she succeeds in bringing her personal mark." Opéra, France "One might wonder what is the reason for yet another recording of La Traviata, but the answer is almost evident: to keep the Violetta of one of the greatest living singers in the best possible conditions, a singer without comparison with any other in terms of purely vocal achievements, as I wrote on the occasion of Ms. Rebeka's performances at La Scala." Rivista Música, Italy "Marina Rebeka's Violetta is vocally confident and expertly articulated, offering a clear dramatic understanding of the role." BBC Music Magazine, United Kingdom "A new complete recording of "La Traviata", with Marina Rebeka as Violetta, well represented on international stages, and united to a fine to extraordinary cast." Opernglas, Germany "Marina Rebeka is quite dazzling, it must be said, and displays the majesty of a sovereign, and even more, the supreme ease of a demimondaine accustomed to seeing all men at her feet." Forum Opera, France "A striking new recording of Verdi's classic from Latvia, a studio recording with lots to recommendedwhich combines musicality and dramaan impressive achievement and recorded in fine modern sound." Planet Hugill, United Kingdom "Marina Rebeka makes a gripping role interpretation, mixing beautifully sensual lines with furious outbursts; all this colored by her very personal and expressive soprano. Alfredo in this recording is sung by American tenor Charles Castronovo, who in turn makes a very convincing and passionate Alfredo. Equally impressive is the Romanian baritone George Petean as Germont." Capriccio, Sweden "Michael Balke signs a Traviata without a single "but", with extraordinary fidelity to the text and the music, a recording which includes every single reprise, as they were written." Ópera Actual, Spain "In Marina Rebeka's voice, the role of the young Parisian courtesan feels organic, as if it was written for her. Castronovo makes a darkAlfredo, succeeding in giving to the character a strength that few tenors can, and listening to Petean in the role of Germont is purepleasure." Pro Opera, Mexico "Absolutely boundless praise...the singing seems not to come from the lungs, but from the heart, and the performance's spontaneity, despite the studio record, is perhaps more pronounced than with many live recordings." Elegant Classics, Czech Republic "Rebeka is the star of the recording: with a flaming heart and great vocal technique, she sings the part and has the infamous three types of voices that are neededand dies a heartbreakingly triumphant death." Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland
- Verdi: La Traviata - Act 1 - Prelude
- Dell'invito trascorsa e gia l'ora
- Libiamo ne'lieti calici
- Che e cio?
- Un di felice, eterea
- Ebben? Che diavol fate?
- Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora
- E strano! - Ah, fors'e lui
- Follie! Delirio vano e questo! - Sempre libera
- Act II - Lunge da lei - De' miei bollenti spiriti
- Annina, donde vieni? - Oh mio rimorso!
- Alfredo? - Per Parigi or or partiva
- Pura siccome un angelo
- Non sapete quale affetto
- Un di, quando le veneri
- Ah! Dite alla giovine
- Imponete - Non amarlo ditegli
- Dammi tu forza, o cielo!
- Che fai? - Nulla
- Ah, vive sol quel core
- Di Provenza il mar, il suol
- Né rispondi dun padre allaffetto? - No, non udrai rimproveri
- Avrem lieta di maschere la notte
- Noi siamo zingarelle
- Di Madride noi siam mattadori
- Alfredo! Voi!
- Invitato a qui seguirmi!
- Ogni suo aver tal femmina
- Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende
- Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core
- Act 3 - Prelude
- Annina? - Comandate?
- Addio del passato
- Largo a quadrupede
- Signora - Che t'accadde?
- Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo
- Ah, non piu! - Ah! Gran Dio! Morir si giovine
- Ah, Violetta! - Voi? Signor?
- Prendi, quest'e l'immagine
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