Great Operatic Arias: Elizabeth Futral [Sung in English]

Great Operatic Arias: Elizabeth Futral [Sung in English]

by Elizabeth Futral
     
 

It's hard not to consider this disc of aria selections as an introductory sample of Chandos's whole Opera in English project and to judge it according to one's feelings about the series. But these performances by the charismatic young American soprano Elizabeth Futral deserve to be evaluated on their own merits, insofar as they contribute to the aims of the enterprise… See more details below

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It's hard not to consider this disc of aria selections as an introductory sample of Chandos's whole Opera in English project and to judge it according to one's feelings about the series. But these performances by the charismatic young American soprano Elizabeth Futral deserve to be evaluated on their own merits, insofar as they contribute to the aims of the enterprise as a whole. This singer has a hard core of admirers in the U.S., and Great Operatic Arias seems likely to bring her new ones. She acquits herself beatifully in quite a range of material, running from Handel to Carlisle Floyd (the "Ain't it a pretty night" section from "Susannah"), and she passes a critical test here -- if you listen to the disc without help from the printed texts, you'll still understand most of what she's singing. The accompaniment by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Steven White, is likewise noteworthy for its versatility. The arias included certainly qualify as great but aren't chestnuts; Mozart is represented by selections from "The Abduction From the Seraglio" and "Così fan tutte" ("See here, Dorabella"). Objections will come from those who see no need for opera translated into English. There is, of course, a whole history of such performances. But the liner notes have nothing to say about that history, although they are translated into four languages (strange, in that the aria texts themselves appear only in English) and find room for numerous pretty but irrelevant pictures of Futral and for ads for other discs in the series. Nor do we learn anything about the strenuous task of translating opera into a new language; some of the translations appear to be classics and others newly done, but the reader is left in the dark. Nevertheless, the disc offers an enjoyable way to try out Chandos' whole series.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2003
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115309629
catalogNumber:
3096

Tracks

  1. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Aria. Come take me in your arms  - George Frideric Handel  - Elizabeth Futral  - Amanda Holden  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Steven White
  2. Linda di Chamounix, opera: Recitative & Cavatina. I should have hurried! - My  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Henrietta Bredin  - Elizabeth Futral  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Gaetano Rossi  - Steven White
  3. Zelmira, opera: Duet. What are these tears and sighs'  - Gioachino Rossini  - Elizabeth Futral  - Jane Marshall  - Diana Montague  - David Parry  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Andrea Leone Tottola  - Lucy Wakeford  - Steven White
  4. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384: Aria. How I loved him!  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Christoph Friedrich Bretzner  - Elizabeth Futral  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Johann Gottlieb Stephanie (the Younger)  - Steven White  - Michael Irwin  - Gottlieb Stephanie
  5. I Puritani, opera: Quartet. Polonaise. A maiden adorning  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Elizabeth Futral  -  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir  - Diana Montague  - David Parry  - Carlo Pepoli (Count)  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Peter Wedd  - Dean Robinson  - Steven White
  6. Béatrice et Bénédict, opera, H. 138: Aria. He has come back  - Hector Berlioz  - Hector Berlioz  - Jeffrey Dunn  - Elizabeth Futral  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Steven White
  7. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Duet. See here, Dorabella  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Elizabeth Futral  - Ruth Martin  - Thomas Martin  - Diana Montague  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Lorenzo da Ponte  - Steven White
  8. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Waltz-song. Ah! Let me live in this dream  - Charles Gounod  - Jules Barbier  - Michel Carré  - Elizabeth Futral  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Steven White  - Natalie Peters
  9. Lakmé, opera: Duet. Reckless man! Are you mad? - He's the god of  - Léo Delibes  - Barry Banks  - Elizabeth Futral  - Philippe Gille  - Edmond Gondinet  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Steven White  - Natalie Peters
  10. Lakmé, opera: Song. Ah! - Listen all to my daugher - The silver  - Léo Delibes  - Elizabeth Futral  -  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir  - Philippe Gille  - Edmond Gondinet  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Dean Robinson  - Steven White  - Natalie Peters
  11. Susannah, music drama in 2 acts: Aria. Ain't it a pretty night!  - Carlisle Floyd  - Carlisle Floyd  - Elizabeth Futral  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Steven White
  12. Robinson Crusoé, comic opera in 3 acts: Walt-song. Take me away to the one I adore  - Jacques Offenbach  - Eugène Cormon  - Elizabeth Futral  -  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Don White  - Steven White  - Hector-Jonathan Crémieux
  13. Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Aria. Oh sleep, why dost thou leave me?  - George Frideric Handel  - William Congreve  - Elizabeth Futral  - Elizabeth Kenny  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Steven White  - David Cohen

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