Conductor(s):
Genre(s):
Opera
Period(s):
20th Century; Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C899171A
Barcode:
4011790899121
Release Date:
02/2017
Available Format(s):
CD

Verismo - Krassimira Stoyanova

After her debut CD I palpiti d’amour (2008), followed by Slavic Opera Arias (2011) and a Verdi album (2014), the Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova now turns her attention to verismo – in the broadest sense of the word. Again and again she lends those roles by Puccini, Mascagni, Cilea (Adriana Lecouvreur), Giordano (Andrea Chénier) and Catalani (La Wally) her inimitably nuanced and finely resonant lirico spinto soprano, a voice which is both flexible and capable of the highest notes while possessing an enchanting sonority and profound middle range.

Be it Puccini’s foolhardy, gem-addicted Manon, who will ultimately die of thirst in the desert – featured here with her great arias from Acts 2 and 4 – or such tender characters as Liù (Turandot), Madame Butterfly – singing the hope-filled aria “Un bel dì vedremo” and “Che tua madre” immediately before her suicide – or the nun Sister Angelica, whose unconditional love must ultimately lead to her death: Stoyanova always finds the right tone and finely-nuanced expression for each of these female characters – culminating right at the end in “Vissi d’arte” by Tosca – a final surge of life-affirming passion and simultaneously a resigned farewell to life by a great singer.

This selection of great arias is preceded seamlessly by the great and poignant death-scene aria sung by the protagonist of Pietro Mascagni’s opera Lodoletta, in which a spurned woman imagines her unattainable lover as she lies delirious in the snow – maddened by hunger and cold – before she slips into the hereafter.

As with her two previous albums for the Orfeo label, she is accompanied by the Munich Radio Orchestra under Pavel Baleff with great sensitivity and intensity, thereby giving each of these classic opera scenes their own musical world.


Puccini, Giacomo

Manon Lescaut, Act II: In quelle trine morbide
1.     Manon Lescaut, Act II: In quelle trine morbide
02:17

Cilea, Francesco

Adriana Lecouvreur, Act I: Del sultano Amuratte m'arrendo all' imper … Io son l'umile ancella
2.     Adriana Lecouvreur, Act I: Del sultano Amuratte m'arrendo all' imper
04:44

Mascagni, Pietro

L'amico Fritz, Act I: Son pocchi fiori
3.     L'amico Fritz, Act I: Son pocchi fiori
03:39

Puccini, Giacomo

Turandot, Act I: Signore, ascolta!
4.     Turandot, Act I: Signore, ascolta!
02:20

Cilea, Francesco

Adriana Lecouvreur, Act IV: Un cofanetto?
5.     Adriana Lecouvreur, Act IV: Un cofanetto? - Poveri fiori
06:00

Puccini, Giacomo

Madama Butterfly, Act II: Un bel di, vedremo
6.     Madama Butterfly, Act II: Un bel di, vedremo
04:48

Catalani, Alfredo

La Wally, Act I: Ebben? Ne andro lontana
7.     La Wally, Act I: Ebben? Ne andro lontana
03:57

Puccini, Giacomo

Madama Butterfly, Act II: Sai cos'ebbe cuore di pensar quel signore?
8.     Madama Butterfly, Act II: Sai cos'ebbe cuore di pensar quel signore? - Che tua madre dovrà prenderti in braccio
03:09
Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto!
9.     Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto!
05:10
Turandot, Act III: Tanto amore, segreto e inconfessato
10.     Turandot, Act III: Tanto amore, segreto e inconfessato
02:28

Giordano, Umberto

Andrea Chenier, Act III: La mamma morta
11.     Andrea Chenier, Act III: La mamma morta
05:09

Puccini, Giacomo

Manon Lescaut, Act IV: Sola, perduta, abbandonata
12.     Manon Lescaut, Act IV: Sola, perduta, abbandonata
04:40
Edgar, Act III: Non piu! Fermate! - Nel villaggio d'Edgar
13.     Edgar, Act III: Non piu! Fermate! - Nel villaggio d'Edgar
04:37

Mascagni, Pietro

Lodoletta, Act III: Ah! il suo nome! … Flammen, perdonami
14.     Lodoletta, Act III: Ah! il suo nome! … Flammen, perdonami
13:46

Puccini, Giacomo

Tosca, Act II: Vissi d'arte
15.     Tosca, Act II: Vissi d'arte
02:59

Total Playing Time: 01:09:43