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Mozart: Arias / Marina Rebeka


Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 15497   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Marina Rebeka
Conductor:  Speranza Scappucci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Arias from: Idomeneo, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Die Entführung aus dem Serail Marina Rebeka (sop); Speranza Scappucci, cond; Royal Liverpool PO WARNER 154972 (59:03 Text and Translation)


Promising young Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka presents here her first solo recital album, a program of 10 Mozart opera arias (several with introductory recitatives) sung by seven different characters from five of Mozart’s Read more finest operas. Rebeka, a lyric coloratura, provides plenty of soaring, sizzling coloratura as Elletra in Idomeneo , the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte , and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail , along with some more wistful lyrical moments from the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and from Pamina in Die Zauberflöte . One of Rebeka’s early role specialities has been Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (she has sung it at the Met, among other venues). Here, we are given Anna’s “Non mi dir” along with an aria from Donna Elvira as well, confirming the young singer’s widening versatility.


Rebeka has had some impressive vocal schooling, including the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, a summer program at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (under the tutelage of Grace Bumbry), and the Academy Rossiniana in Pesaro (under the direction of Alberto Zedda). Technically, she sings very cleanly, with excellent intonation, and a solid command of her top range, although one or two of these arias challenge that. She exhibits good vocal flexibility in Mozart; I will be interested to hear her sing Rossini. To a degree, all of the songs here are sung by unhappy women, but Rebeka seems more at home with the rage arias of Elettra and the Queen of the Night as well as the pyrotechnic defiance of Konstanze, threatened with rape and torture. The soprano seems to lose a bit of interest when singing the more sorrowful, wistful plaints of the Countess or Pamina, although they are sung well enough. Learning arias is different than learning roles, and given time, most young singers become better interpreters as they gain experience. In a couple of instances Rebeka picks inopportune places to take a breath, interrupting the vocal line, and in “Martern aller Arten” her chest voice proves no more than serviceable. Diana Damrau is very good in this aria on Virgin Classics.


Despite the quibbles, this is a quite enjoyable first outing for Rebeka, with some fine singing and an interesting and somewhat unusual mix of Mozart arias. Solid musical support is provided by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under young conductor Speranza Scappucci. Warner gives us a few color pictures of the photogenic Rebeka as well as brief bios and full texts with English translations. Recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Marina Rebeka (Soprano)
Conductor:  Speranza Scappucci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: E Susanna non vien...Dove sono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Idomeneo, K 366: Estinto è Idomeneo?...Tutte nel cor vi sento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
4.
Idomeneo, K 366: D'Oreste, d'Ajace by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
Notes: This selection follows "O smania! O furie!" 
5.
Don Giovanni, K 527: In quali eccessi...Mi tradì quell' alma ingrata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
6.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Crudele?...Non mi dir, bell' idol mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
7.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: O zittre nicht...Zum Leiden bin ich by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Hölle Rache by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Martern aller Arten by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 

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