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Raphael Lucas: Confession

Lucas / Webber / Davey / Wangerin / Pso / Murphy
Release Date: 09/13/2011 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1306   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Rodion ShchedrinElena Roussanova LucasDaniel PinkhamEric Ewazen,   ... 
Performer:  Joshua BeneventoDiana WangerinCatherine WebberMolly Davey,   ... 
Conductor:  Hugh Murphy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purchase OperaPurchase Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Confession, Raphaël Lucas’ award-winning opera, libretto by Jacque Trussel and Margaret Vignola, was created as a “prequel” to Puccini’s beloved Suor Angelica. The evocative one-act work came about as Jacque Trussel, stage director for Purchase Opera, began to muse on the possible circumstances behind Suor Angelica’s becoming a nun. He realized there was a story waiting to be told and came up with the essence of the libretto that was to become Confession. The music was written by the young French composer Raphaël Lucas and was awarded the National Opera Association Prize as best contemporary opera of 2010-12 and will be staged at their 2012 convention. This is a world premiere recording. Confession, Raphaël Lucas’ award-winning opera, libretto by Jacque Trussel and Margaret Vignola, was created as a “prequel” to Puccini’s beloved Suor Angelica. The evocative one-act work came about as Jacque Trussel, stage director for Purchase Opera, began to muse on the possible circumstances behind Suor Angelica’s becoming a nun. He realized there was a story waiting to be told and came up with the essence of the libretto that was to become Confession. The music was written by the young French composer Raphaël Lucas and was awarded the National Opera Association Prize as best contemporary opera of 2010-12 and will be staged at their 2012 convention. This is a world premiere recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Confession by Raphaël Lucas
Performer:  Joshua Benevento (Voice), Diana Wangerin (Voice), Catherine Webber (Voice),
Molly Davey (Voice), Robert Balonek (Voice)
Conductor:  Hugh Murphy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purchase Opera,  Purchase Symphony Orchestra

Sound Samples

Confession: Prelude
Confession: Scene 1: Oh Sister - Sister, Sister! (Anna Viola, Sofie)
Confession: Scene 1: Ah, the passions of youth (Uncle) - Scene 2: You grow more like your mother (Uncle, Sofie)
Confession: Scene 2: The father will wait in the Greate Hall (Princess, Uncle) - Scene 3: I did nothing (Sofie, Princess, Uncle)
Confession: Scene 3: Welcome to my home, Father (Princess, Father, Sofie) - Scene 4: Are you not well? (Father)
Confession: Scene 4: No illness could compare with the joy (Sofie, Father) - Duet: Haunted by the beauty of your face (Father, Sofie)
Confession: Scene 4: Oh my dearest (Sofie, Father)
Confession: Scene 4: Forgive me Father, for I have sinned (Sofie, Father) - Sofie's : What do you wish to confess my child? (Father, Sofie)
Confession: Scene 4: God help me! (Sofie) - Scene 5: What have you done? (Princess, Sofie)
Confession: Scene 6: God help me, but what was I to do? (Sofie)
Confession: Scene 6: My Dearest Anna (Sofie)
Confession: Epiphany: Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee (Sofie)

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