Jonathan Lemalu

Biography

Born: 1976; Dunedin, New Zealand  
Bass-baritone Jonathan Fa'afetai Lemalu is touted as the most significant singer to come from New Zealand since Kiri Te Kanawa. Born to Samoan parents, he began singing as a boy chorister at age nine, and studied both music and law at the University of Otago, from which he graduated in 1999. The previous year he had won the Mobil Song Quest and made his professional opera debut as Colline in La bohème at what was then called the National Opera of Read more Wellington (now NBR New Zealand Opera). He focused more strongly on music after receiving his law degree, studying under Vera Rozsa at London's Royal College of Music from 1999 to 2002, and coming away with the college's gold medal. It was during this period that he began appearing as a song recitalist around London and environs, as well as in small-time opera productions that nevertheless gathered critical notice; he was praised for his charismatic stage presence and his rich, penetrating voice. By 2005 he was giving recitals throughout Europe, and singing the role of Masetto in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera and Jack Wallace in Puccini's La fanciulla del West at Covent Garden. His debut recording for EMI in 2001 was well praised; EMI signed him to an exclusive contract and followed up with a more highly publicized recital of opera arias in early 2005. Read less

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Biography

Born: 1976; Dunedin, New Zealand  
Bass-baritone Jonathan Fa'afetai Lemalu is touted as the most significant singer to come from New Zealand since Kiri Te Kanawa. Born to Samoan parents, he began singing as a boy chorister at age nine, and studied both music and law at the University of Otago, from which he graduated in 1999. The previous year he had won the Mobil Song Quest and made his professional opera debut as Colline in La bohème at what was then called the National Opera of Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Overture
Accompagnato ed Arioso « Vain Fluctuating State of Human Empire! »
Aria « Thou, God Most High, and Thou Alone »
Recitative « The Fate of Babylon, I Fear, Is Nigh. » « O Much Belov'd »
Air « Lament Not Thus, O Queen, in Vain! »
Chorus of Babylonians « Behold By Persia'S Hero Made »
Recitative « Well May They Laugh, from Meagre Famine Safe » - Accompagnato « Oh Memory »
Aria « Opprest With Never Ceasing Grief »
Aria « Dry Those Unavailing Tears »
Recitative « Be Comforted: Safe Tho' the Tyrant Seem » - Accompagnato « Methought, As On the Bank of Deep Euphrates »
Aria « Behold the Monstrous Human Beast »
Recitative « Can You Then Think It Strange, If Drown'd in Wine » - Aria « Great God! Who Yet But Darkly Known »
Chorus « All Empires Upon God Depend »
Arioso « O Sacred Oracles of Truth! » - Aria « Amaz'd to Find the Foe So Near » - Chorus of Persians « to Arms, to Arms, No More Delay »
Accompagnato « Rejoice, My Countrymen: the Time Draws Near » - Recitative « For Long Ago » - Accompagnato « Thus Saith the Lord to Cyrus His Anointed »
Chorus « Sing, O Ye Heav'Ns, for the Lord Hath Done It »
Aria « Let Festal Joy Triumphant Reign » - Recitative « For You, My Friends, the Nobles of My Court »
Aria « The Leafy Honours of the Field »
Recitative « It Is the Custom; I May Say, the Law » 
Chorus of Jews « Recall, O King, Thy Rash Command »
Recitative « They Tell You True; Nor Can You Be to Learn »
Duet « O Dearer Than My Life, Forbear »
Chorus of Jews « By Slow Degrees the Wrath of God to Its Meridian Height Ascends »
Chorus « See, from His Post Euphrates Flies! » - Semichorus « Why Faithless River Dost Thou Leave » - Semichorus « Euphrates Hath His Task Fulfil'd » - Chorus « Of Things On Earth, Proud Man Must Own »
Recitative « You See, My Friends, a Path Into the City » - Aria « Amaz'd to Find the Foe So Near » - Chorus of Persians « to Arms, to Arms, No More Delay »
Chorus « Ye Tutelar Gods of Our Empire, Look Down »
Aria « Let the Deep Bowl Thy Praise Confess »
Accompagnato and Chorus « Where Is the God of Judah'S Boasted Pow'R? » - Recitative « Call All Our Wisemen, Sorcerers, Chaldeans »
Symphony
Recitative « Ye Sages, Welcome Always to Your King » - Trio « Alas! Too Hard a Task the King Imposes » - Chorus « O Misery! O Terror! Hopeless Grief! »
Recitative « O King, Live for Ever! » - Aria « No: to Thyself Thy Trifles Be »
Accompagnato « Yet to Obey His Dread Command » « Thou, O King, Hast Lifted Up Thyself » - Recitative « O Sentence Too Severe! and Yet Too Sure! »
Aria « Regard, O Son, My Flowing Tears »
Aria « O God of Truth! O Faithful Guide! » - Recitative « You, Gobrias, Lead Directly to the Palace »
Chorus « O Glorious Prince! Thrice Happy They »
Aria « Alternate Hopes and Fears Distract My Mind » - Recitative « Fain Would I Hope. Is There Not Room to Hope? »
Aria « Can the Black Æthiop Change His Skin? » Recitative « My Hopes Revive, Here Arioch Comes: By This »
Chorus of Jews « Bel Boweth Down! Nebo Stoopeth! »
Aria « I Thank Thee, Sesach, Thy Sweet Pow'R » - a Martial Symphony
Aria « To Pow'R Immortal My First Thanks Are Due » - Recitative « Be It Thy Care, Good Gobrias, to Find Out »
Aria « Destructive War Thy Limits Know »
Duett « Great Victor, At Your Feet I Bow » - Recitative « Say, Venerable Prophet, Is There Ought »
Soli and Chorus « Tell It Out Among the Heathen, That the Lord Is King. »
Accompagnato « Yes, I Will Build Thy City, God of Israel »
Anthem « I Will Magnify Thee, O God My King, »
Billy Budd: Prologue 'I am an old man' (Vere)
Billy Budd: Pull, my bantams! Pull, my sparrow-legs!...Who did that? (First Mate et al)
Billy Budd: Guard boat! Indomitable! (Maintop et al)
Billy Budd: First man forward! (Claggart et al)
Billy Budd: Your name? - Billy Budd, sir (Claggart/Billy/First Lieutenant/Sailing Master)
Billy Budd: Billy Budd, king of the birds (Billy/Sailing Master/First Lieutenant/Ratcliffe)
Billy Budd: Gentlemen, the King! (Vere/First Lieutenant/Sailing Master)
Billy Budd: Ay, at Spithead the men may have had their grievances (Vere/Sailing Master/First Lieutenant)
Billy Budd: We are, sir. Claggart is an able one...Land on the port bow, sir (First Lieutenant/Vere/Sailing Master/Ratcliffe)
Billy Budd: Blow her away, Blow her to Hilo (Red Whiskers/Chorus/Billy/Donald/Dansker)
Billy Budd: We're off to Samoa (Donald/Chorus/Red Whiskers/Billy/Donald/Dansker)
Billy Budd: Hi! You...a...a... (Billy et al)
Billy Budd: Over the water, over the ocean (Chorus/Claggart)
Billy Budd: Come here, Remember your promise (Claggart/Novice)
Billy Budd: Billy!...Hist! Billy Budd! (Novice/Billy)
Billy Budd: Dansker, old friend, glad to see you! (Billy/Dansker)
4 Ernste Gesänge Op. 121: I. Denn es gehet dem Menschen (Salomo, Kap. 3)
4 Ernste Gesänge Op. 121: II. Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle (Salomo, Kap. 4)
4 Ernste Gesänge Op. 121: III. O Tod, o Tod, wie bitter bist du (Sirach, Kap. 41)
4 Ernste Gesänge Op. 121: IV. Wenn ich mit Menschen -und mit Engelszungen redete (Korinther 1, Kap. 13)
L'Horizon chimérique Op. 118: La mer est infinie
L'Horizon chimérique Op. 118: Je me suis embarqué
L'Horizon chimérique Op. 118: Diane Séléné
L'Horizon chimérique Op. 118: Vaisseaux nous vous aurons aimés
Peter Grimes: Prologue ?Peter Grimes!?
Peter Grimes: Prologue ?The truth ... the pity ...?
Peter Grimes: Act I. Interlude 1
Peter Grimes: Act I. ?Oh, hang at open doors ...?
Peter Grimes: Act I. ?I'll give a hand ...?
Peter Grimes: Act I. ?Let her among you without fault?
Peter Grimes: Act I. ?Look, the storm cone!?
Peter Grimes: Act I. ?And do you prefer the storm ...?
Peter Grimes: Act I. Interlude 2
Peter Grimes: Act I. ?Past time to close!?
Peter Grimes: Act I. ?We live and let live ...?
Peter Grimes: Act I. ?Now the Great Bear and Pleiades?
Peter Grimes: Act I. ?For peace sake ... Old Joe has gone fishing ...?
Peter Grimes: Act II. Interlude 3
Peter Grimes: Act II. ?Glitter of Waves?
Peter Grimes: Act II. ?Now that the daylight fills the sky?
Peter Grimes: Act II. ?Fool to let it come to this?
Peter Grimes: Act II. ?We planned that their lives ...?
Peter Grimes: Act II. ?From the gutter ...?
Peter Grimes: Act II. Interlude 4
Peter Grimes: Act II. ?Go there!?
Peter Grimes: Act II. ?In dreams I've built myself ...?
Peter Grimes: Act II. ?The whole affair gives Borough talk ...?
Peter Grimes: Act III. Interlude 5
Peter Grimes: Act III. ?Assign your prettiness to me?
Peter Grimes: Act III. ?Embroidery in childhood ...?
Peter Grimes: Act III. ?Mr Swallow ...?
Peter Grimes: Act III. Interlude 6
Peter Grimes: Act III. ?Grimes! ... Steady. There you are. Nearly Home.?
Peter Grimes: Act III. ?Peter, we've come to take you home?
Peter Grimes: Act III. ?To those who pass the Borough sounds betray?
4 Ernste Gesänge Op. 121: I. Denn es gehet dem Menschen (Salomo, Kap. 3)
4 Ernste Gesänge Op. 121: II. Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle (Salomo, Kap. 4)
4 Ernste Gesänge Op. 121: III. O Tod, o Tod, wie bitter bist du (Sirach, Kap. 41)
4 Ernste Gesänge Op. 121: IV. Wenn ich mit Menschen -und mit Engelszungen redete (Korinther 1, Kap. 13)
L'Horizon chimérique Op. 118: La mer est infinie
L'Horizon chimérique Op. 118: Je me suis embarqué
L'Horizon chimérique Op. 118: Diane Séléné
L'Horizon chimérique Op. 118: Vaisseaux nous vous aurons aimés
Dixit Dominus in D, RV 594: 1. Dixit Dominus
Dixit Dominus in D, RV 594: 2. Donec ponam inimicos tuos
Dixit Dominus in D, RV 594: 3. Virgam virtutis tuae SF, DN
Dixit Dominus in D, RV 594: 4. Tecum principium MC
Dixit Dominus in D, RV 594: 5. Juravit Dominus - Tu es sacerdos
Dixit Dominus in D, RV 594: 6. Dominus a dextris tuis JG, JL
Dixit Dominus in D, RV 594: 7. Judicabit in nationibus - Implebit ruinas
Dixit Dominus in D, RV 594: 8. De torrente SF
Dixit Dominus in D, RV 594: 9. Gloria
Dixit Dominus in D, RV 594: 10. Sicut erat in principio


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