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Rudolf Friml: The Firefly / The Ohio Light Opera


Release Date: 11/21/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 891   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Rudolf Friml
Performer:  Robin De Leon
Conductor:  Steven Byess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ohio Light Opera
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"All in all, this Firefly is delightful, a lovely souvenir of a vanished but still vibrant era, and you will want this glittering insect hovering near your CD player." (American Record Guide)

"We need a spectacular Firefly and boy-oh-boy, does OLO's Robin DeLeon satisfy that need! Her full, beautifully colored execution of the Italianate 'Ginannina Mia' is balanced with spun-gold coloratura sparkle...and all the rest of the principals sing with high energy and great promise." (Opera News)
"All in all, this Firefly is delightful, a lovely souvenir of a vanished but still vibrant era, and you will want this glittering insect hovering near your CD player." (American Record Guide)

"We need a spectacular Firefly and boy-oh-boy, does OLO's Robin DeLeon satisfy that need! Her full, beautifully colored execution of the Italianate 'Ginannina Mia' is balanced with spun-gold coloratura sparkle...and all the rest of the principals sing with high energy and great promise." (Opera News)
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Works on This Recording

1. Firefly by Rudolf Friml
Performer:  Robin De Leon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Steven Byess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ohio Light Opera
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; USA 

Sound Samples

The Firefly: Act I: Overture
The Firefly: Act I: Opening: Eyes front. Stonily stare, head in the air (Boat Captain, Crew, Sybil, Suzzete, Pietro, Girls)
The Firefly: Act I: Scene: Geraldine, What is the trouble? (Sybil, Geraldine, Jack, Suzzete, Pietro, Others)
The Firefly: Act I: Dialogue: Uncle! (Jack, Thurston, Sybil, Geraldine)
The Firefly: Act I: Song: Won't you introduce me now, my treasure? (Thurston, Sybil, Ladies, Men)
The Firefly: Act I: Dialogue: I think we are going to have a very pleasant voyage (Thurston, Sybil, Mrs. Van Dare, Jenkins)
The Firefly: Act I: Scene: Jenkins, we can sail immediately (Mrs. Van Dare, Thurston, Franz, Vendor, Jack, Geraldine, Nina)
The Firefly: Act I: Dialogue: So, who do all these belong to? (Policeman, Jekins, Corelli, Nina, Pietro, Suzette, Antonio)
The Firefly: Act I: Duet: Something I cannot tell (Jekins, Suzette)
The Firefly: Act I: Scene: Nina, come on, Nina ... Nina!! (Pietro, Nina, Suzette, Jenkins, Jack, Franz)
The Firefly: Act I: Song: Giannina mia, more and more, I adore you (Nina)
The Firefly: Act I: Finale: I've found it at last. Ha! (Franz, Nina, Jack, Others, Mrs. Van Dare, Geraldine, Thurston, Captain, Suzette, Corelli)
The Firefly: Act II: Opening: The sleepy, nodding palm tree (Sybil, All)
The Firefly: Act II: Scene: I don't know where Tony is (Mrs. Van Dare, Geraldine, Jack, Franz, Nina)
The Firefly: Act II: Dialogue: Tony, you make a cute little soldier (Franz, Nina, Geraldine, Jack, Mrs. Van Dare, Thurson)
The Firefly: Act II: Duet: You need sympathy, just sympathy (Thurston, Geraldine)
The Firefly: Act II: Dialogue: She's been crying all afternoon (Mrs. Van Dare, Jack, Nina)
The Firefly: Act II: Scene: Where did you learn that song? (Jack, Nina)
The Firefly: Act II: Dialogue: Well, young man, it seems that Mrs. Van Dare has it in for you (Thurston, Jack, Nina, Suzette, Pietro)
The Firefly: Act II: Trio: De trop (Jekins, Suzette, Pietro)
The Firefly: Act II: Dialogue: Auntie, what is it? (Geraldine, Mrs. Van Dare, Jenkins, Nina, Franz, Thurston)
The Firefly: Act II: Ensemble: We're going to make a man of you (Franz, Jack, Thurston, Jenkins, All the Men, Nina)
The Firefly: Act II: Dialogue: News, Pietro! (Jenkins, Pietro, Suzette, Nina, Franz, Jack)
The Firefly: Act II: Song: Oh, beautiful ship from Toyland (Franz)
The Firefly: Act II: Dialogue: Did you call? (Nina, Franz, Jack, Jenkins)
The Firefly: Act II: Song: When a maid comes knock, knock, knock (Nina)
The Firefly: Act II: Dialogue: See what a nice girl she makes? (Jack, Nina, Franz, Jenkins, Mrs. Van Dare, Geraldine, Thurston, Sybil)
The Firefly: Act II: Finale: See! My cloak! (Sybil, Geraldine, Nina, Mrs. Van Dare, Thurston, Jenkins, Suzette, Franz)
The Firefly: Act III: Opening: May I see if for me (Ladies, Gentlemen, A Lady, Thurston, Another Lady)
The Firefly: Act III: Dialogue: Well, Jenkins what have you been doing to Jack? (Thurston, Jack, Jenkins, Sybil, Suzette, Pietro)
The Firefly: Act III: Duet: There's a dance they're doing now in old Paree (Suzette, Pietro)
The Firefly: Act III: Dialogue: Why, Mr. Thurson, they didn't tell me you were here (Mrs. Van Dare, Thurston, Jenkins, Jack, Franz, Geraldin)
The Firefly: Act III: Song: Night is gone. In the east dawn tints the sky (Nina)
The Firefly: Act III: Dialogue: Jenkins, if you would be so kind (Mrs. Van Dare, Jenkins, Pietro, Suzette, Nina, Franz, Jack, Thurston, Geraldine)
The Firefly: Act III: Finale: When a maid comes knock, knock ... (All)

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