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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

Overview

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.

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

    1. Aria. Come take me in your arms  (05:01)
  2. Linda di Chamounix, opera: Recitative & Cavatina. I should have hurried! - My

    1. Recitative & Cavatina. I should have hurried! - My soul is filled with love for you  (06:17)
  3. Zelmira, opera: Duet. What are these tears and sighs'

    1. Duet. What are these tears and sighs'  (05:58)
  4. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384: Aria. How I loved him!

    1. Aria. How I loved him!  (05:47)
  5. I Puritani, opera: Quartet. Polonaise. A maiden adorning

    1. Quartet. Polonaise. A maiden adorning  (05:14)
  6. Béatrice et Bénédict, opera, H. 138: Aria. He has come back

    1. Aria. He has come back  (09:21)
  7. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Duet. See here, Dorabella

    1. Duet. See here, Dorabella  (05:15)
  8. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Waltz-song. Ah! Let me live in this dream

    1. Waltz-song. Ah! Let me live in this dream  (03:58)
  9. Lakmé, opera: Duet. Reckless man! Are you mad? - He's the god of

    1. Duet. Reckless man! Are you mad? - He's the god of youth and springtime  (08:49)
  10. Lakmé, opera: Song. Ah! - Listen all to my daugher - The silver

    1. Song. Ah! - Listen all to my daugher - The silver moon was shining  (08:46)
  11. Susannah, music drama in 2 acts: Aria. Ain't it a pretty night!

    1. Aria. Ain't it a pretty night!  (07:03)
  12. Robinson Crusoé, comic opera in 3 acts: Walt-song. Take me away to the one I adore

    1. Walt-song. Take me away to the one I adore  (04:08)
  13. Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Aria. Oh sleep, why dost thou leave me?

    1. Aria. Oh sleep, why dost thou leave me?  (03:39)

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