ORCHESTRE DE L OPÉRA DE LYON

Stella di Napoli

CD
1 Sep 2014

Barcode: 0825646365623

On Stella di Napoli (Star of Naples), the American mezzo-soprano’s creamy tone and dramatic prowess breathe new life into little-known arias by Mercadante, Michele Carafa (a student of Cherubini and close friend of Rossini), Carlo Valentini and the prolific opera composer Giovanni Pacini, whose Stella di Napoli (1845) gives the album its title. Joyce worked closely with Italian conductor Riccardo Minasi (whose previous projects include Bellini’s Norma with Cecilia Bartoli) to bring three unjustly neglected arias to light in new editions and world premiere recordings. Alongside these little-known gems, Joyce presents a sumptuous Bel Canto banquet with music by the three greats — Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti — including the latter’s Maria Stuarda: a tour-de-force signature role for Joyce, recently screened in cinemas and released on DVD from the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Stella di Napoli, Part I: "Ove t'aggiri, o barbaro" (Stella, Marta)  - Joyce DiDonato 
02 Adelson e Salvini, Act 1: "Dopo l'oscuro nembo" (Nelly)  - Joyce DiDonato 
03 Le nozze di Lammermoor, Act 2: "L'amica ancor non torna... Oh, di sorte crudel" (Lucia)  - Joyce DiDonato 
04 Zelmira, Act 2: "Riedi al soglio" (Zelmira, Polidoro, Ilo)  - Joyce DiDonato 
05 La vestale, Act 2: "Se fino al cielo ascendere" (Giunia)  - Joyce DiDonato 
06 Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth, Act 3: "Par che mi dica ancora" (Amelia)  - Joyce DiDonato 
07 I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Act 2: "Tu sola, o mia Giulietta... Deh! tu, bell'anima" (Romeo)  - Joyce DiDonato 
08 Il sonnambulo, Act 1: "Lasciami... Se il mar sommesso mormora" (Adele, Sofia)  - Joyce DiDonato 
09 Maria Stuarda, Act 3: "Io vi rivedo alfin... Deh! Tu di un'umile preghiera" (Maria)  - Joyce DiDonato 
10 Saffo, Act 3: "Flutto che muggi... Teco dall'are pronube... L'ama ognor qual io l'amai" (Saffo, Faone, Climene, Alcandro)  - Joyce DiDonato 


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