Lemieux, Marie-Nicole

Rossini Sì Sì Sì Sì! – Opera Arias & Duets

3 Mar 2017

Barcode: 0190295953263

Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Other participants: Patrizia Ciofi, Julien Veronèse, Choeur de l’Opéra national Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Enrique Mazzola, Orchestre national Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon

“Rossini has been a revelation for me,” says Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux. The first fruit of her exclusive Erato contract is this live recording from Montpellier of arias and duets from Tancredi, Semiramide, L’italiana in Algeri and other serious and comic operas by the composer. She is joined by soprano Patrizia Ciofi and conductor Enrique Mazzola, also her partners for a 2014 staging of Tancredi in Paris, which prompted La Croix to praise her as “a generous artist with a voice that is both ample and easily produced across its entire tessitura … from the depths to top notes that flash like a cavalier’s sabre.”

Marie-Nicole Lemieux triumphantly defies the frequent assertion that the contralto is a dying breed. Moreover, with this live recital of Rossini arias and duets, the Canadian singer proves that a deep, rich, voluminous female voice can move with the same dazzling agility as a light, bright soprano.

Since she first came to the world’s attention in 2000, when she won the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition for Opera in Brussels, Lemieux, who has been praised by Gramophone for her “velvet-like voice and generosity in phrasing and thought”, has established herself in a wide variety of operatic roles.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri, Act 1: "Cruda sorte!" (Isabella)  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux 
02 Rossini: Tancredi, Act 1: "Oh patria!... Tu che accendi questo core... Di tanti palpiti" (Tancredi)  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux 
03 Rossini: Tancredi, Act 2: "Fiero incontro!... Lasciami - non t'ascolto" (Tancredi, Amenaïde)  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux 
04 Rossini: La Pietra del Paragone, Act 1: "Quel dirmi, oh Dio!" (Clarice, Echo)  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux 
05 Rossini: Semiramide, Act 2: "In sì barbara sciagura" (Arsace)  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux 
06 Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri, Act 2: "Amici, in ogni evento... Pensa alla patria" (Isabella)  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux 
07 Rossini: Matilde di Shabran, Act 2: "Sazia tu fossi alfine... Ah! Perché, perché la morte" (Edoardo, Raimondo)  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux 
08 Rossini: La gazza ladra, Act 2: "Deh, pensa che domani... E ben, per mia memoria " (Pippo, Ninetta)  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux 
09 Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act 1: "Una voce poco fa" (Rosina)  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux 
10 Rossini: Duetto buffo di due gatti (Cat Duet)  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux 

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