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Miah Persson - Sempre libera

Composer Vincenzo Bellini
Georges Bizet
Léo Delibes
Gaetano Donizetti
Charles Gounod
André Messager
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Jacques Offenbach
Giacomo Puccini
Giuseppe Verdi
Performer Miah Persson
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2112 SACD
EAN 7318599921129
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Apr 2015
Total time 66'16

To the audiences of many of the world’s leading opera houses – the Metropolitan, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper – Miah Persson will be well-known as an infinitely charming Susanna, a beguiling Sophie and a coquettish Fiordiligi. On her latest recording for BIS she takes up a set of different roles, however, as she ventures into the fields of bel canto, opéra lyrique and verismo in the company of Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The range of characters is wide, from a teenage Juliet, eager to live life to the full in Gounod’s Je veux vivre, to Verdi’s Violetta, a courtesan at the height of her powers, who in her scene and aria È strano…tries to convince herself that her freedom is more valuable than love. The programme includes some of the emotional high points in the opera literature (Bellini’s Oh! quante volte, Puccini’s O mio babbino caro), as well as light relief (Norina’s cavatina So anch’io la virtù magica) and moments of pure, unadulterated beauty, such as the Flower Duet from Lakmé and Offenbach’s Barcarolle. In the two latter pieces, Miah Persson is joined by her Swedish colleague, the mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus, while the tenor Andrew Staples makes a cameo appearance in Sempre libera, as Alfredo, singing of his love for Violetta below her window.
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  Gaetano Donizetti
  Don Pasquale, Act I
01 Quel guardo il cavaliere… So anch’io la virtù magica 5'31
  Charles Gounod
  Faust, Act III
02 O Dieu! que de bijoux!… Ah! je ris de me voir si belle 4'40
  Vincenzo Bellini
  I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Act I
03 Eccomi in lieta vesta… Oh! quante volte 8'48
  Charles Gounod
  Roméo et Juliette, Act I
04 Ah! Je veux vivre 3'36
  Georges Bizet
  Carmen, Act III
05 C’est des contrebandiers le refuge ordinaire… Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante 6'20
06 from Carmen Suite No.1: II. Intermezzo (instrumental) 2'42
  Léo Delibes
  Lakmé, Act I
07 Viens, Mallika… Sous le dôme épais 6'23
  Giacomo Puccini
  La Bohème, Act II
08 Quando me’n vo’ 2'34
  Giacomo Meyerbeer
  Dinorah or Le Pardon de Ploërmel, Act II
09 Ombre légère 4'52
  Jacques Offenbach
  Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Act II
10 Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour 3'53
  André Messager
  Madame Chrysanthème, Act III
11 Le jour sous le soleil béni 4'37
  Giuseppe Verdi
  La Traviata, Act I
12 È strano, è strano… Sempre libera (including applause) 8'44
  Giacomo Puccini
  Gianni Schicchi
13 O mio babbino caro 2'22
  Album total 66'16
ComposerBellini, Vincenzo
Bizet, Georges
Delibes, Léo
Donizetti, Gaetano
Gounod, Charles
Messager, André
Meyerbeer, Giacomo
Offenbach, Jacques
Puccini, Giacomo
Verdi, Giuseppe
ConductorHarding, Daniel
OrchestraSwedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
SopranoPersson, Miah
Mezzo-sopranoKarnéus, Katarina
TenorStaples, Andrew

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