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Midsummer Night
     

Midsummer Night

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by Kate Royal
 
Following her acclaimed debut EMI Classics recording, stunning English soprano Kate Royal is back with a daring new program entitled Midsummer Night.

For this album, Royal has recorded a personal selection of thirteen arias from 20th-century operas, including popular arias such as Korngold’s “Marietta Lied,” Lehar’s “Vilja,” and Dvorák’s “Song to the Moon”

Overview

Following her acclaimed debut EMI Classics recording, stunning English soprano Kate Royal is back with a daring new program entitled Midsummer Night.

For this album, Royal has recorded a personal selection of thirteen arias from 20th-century operas, including popular arias such as Korngold’s “Marietta Lied,” Lehar’s “Vilja,” and Dvorák’s “Song to the Moon” set alongside Kate’s discoveries of arias by Alwyn (“Midsummer Night”) and Walton (“At the Haunted End of the Day”).

The arias are tied together by themes of first love, nighttime, and misfortune, and despite the romantic nature of the music, each of these women faces immense grief, tragedy, disappointment, or suffering during the course of the stories.

The music is a heady mix of styles, from lush late-Romantic harmonies of Dvorák, Korngold, and Lehar to the exoticism of Stravinsky and haunting chromaticism of Alwyn and Walton to the masterful blending of all elements found in Britten and Floyd. Kate’s rich, silvery tone also adds a brilliance and elegance to each piece.

Beautiful, charismatic, and immensely talented, Royal is poised for massive success. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2009
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099926819228
catalogNumber:
68192

Tracks

  1. Miss Julie, opera: Midsummer night  - William Alwyn  - Stephen Johns  -  English National Opera Orchestra  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Kate Royal
  2. Le Rossignol, opera (lyric tale) in 3 acts: The Nightingale's Aria  - Igor Stravinsky  - Michel-Dimitri Calvocoressi  - Dennis Collins  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Stephen Johns  -  English National Opera Orchestra  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Andrew Staples  - Kate Royal
  3. Troilus and Cressida, opera in 3 acts: At the haunted end of the day  - William Walton  -  Christopher Hassall  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Stephen Johns  -  English National Opera Orchestra  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Kate Royal
  4. Susannah, music drama in 2 acts: The trees on the mountains  - Carlisle Floyd  - Stephen Johns  -  English National Opera Orchestra  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Kate Royal
  5. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon  - Antonin Dvorák  - Stephen Johns  - Paula Kennedy  -  English National Opera Orchestra  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Kate Royal
  6. Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Is the boat in?...Embroidery in childhood  - Benjamin Britten  - Stephen Johns  -  English National Opera Orchestra  -  Thomas Allen  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Kate Royal
  7. Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja-Lied  - Franz Lehár  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Stephen Johns  -  English National Opera Orchestra  - Michel Roubinet  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Kate Royal
  8. Vanessa, opera, Op. 32: Do not utter a word  - Samuel Barber  - Gian Carlo Menotti  - Dennis Collins  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Stephen Johns  -  English National Opera Orchestra  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Kate Royal
  9. Paul Bunyan, operetta, Op. 17: Tiny's Song  - Benjamin Britten  - Wystan Hugh Auden  - Stephen Johns  -  English National Opera Orchestra  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Kate Royal
  10. Monsieur Beaucaire, operetta: Rossignol  - André Messager  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Stephen Johns  -  English National Opera Orchestra  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Kate Royal
  11. Turn of the Screw, chamber opera, Op. 54: How beautiful it is  - Benjamin Britten  - Stephen Johns  -  English National Opera Orchestra  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Kate Royal
  12. Wuthering Heights, opera: I have dreamt  - Bernard Herrmann  - Dennis Collins  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Stephen Johns  -  English National Opera Orchestra  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Kate Royal  - Lucille Fletcher
  13. Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), opera, Op. 12: Mariettas Lied  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Stephen Johns  -  English National Opera Orchestra  - Michel Roubinet  - Paul Schott  - Edward Gardner  - David Temple  -  Crouch End Festival Chorus  - Kate Royal

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Performance Credits

Kate Royal   Primary Artist

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Midsummer Night 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
Kate Royal seems to quietly have it all - a voice of great beauty over a broad range, musicality, intelligence, communication skills, physical beauty and stage presence, and taste! For those who have heard these attributes blossoming in her first recordings (a very fine recital with Edward Gardner conducting the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and in the chamber orchestra version of the Mahler 4th with the Manchester Camerata conducted by Douglas Boyd), this recording will come as no surprise. Royal not only is in fine voice for this very interesting collection of songs referencing the spell of Midsummer Night, but she also adds excerpts from operas - arias rarely taken out of context (Hermann's 'Wuthering Heights', Alwyn's 'Miss Julie', and three Britten arias that are not the usual selections chosen by sopranos for recital. Royal combines beauty of tone with involvement in the text (her enunciation is close to perfect). She shares some well known arias such as the Dvorak's 'Song to the Moon' and Korngold's 'Marietta's Lied' on the same level of commitment as she offers some rarely performed works. For this listener one of the most successful songs on this generous album is the 'How beautiful it is' from Britten's 'Turn of the Screw'. How often do we hear the wondrous orchestral introduction to this aria? Edward Gardner conducts the Orchestra of English National Opera and the Crouch End Festival Chorus and is a sensitive collaborator. Kate Royal is becoming one of our more important soprano artists of the time. Now is her time. Grady Harp, June 09
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