Aleksandra Kurzak - Gioia

Release Date: 9/13/2011
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B001574602
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The lyric soprano, Aleksandra Kurzak, is one of the most exciting young singers on the international stage - thrilling press and public alike with her performances in Europe and the US. In 2008, she triumphed in the title role of Matilde di Shabran at the Royal Opera opposite Juan Diego Flórez. The Guardian critic wrote “Flórez’s sparring partner here is Aleksandra Kurzak, his equal in technique and vocal glamour.”

• "Gioia", her debut on Decca, is the eagerly anticipated proof of her excellence and was already released to great critical acclaim in Italy and Spain in late spring. ("Applauditissimo",La Stampa, and Opera Actual praises her vocal colors and agility)
• This debut is capturing the current state of Aleksandra's voice by contrasting lyric and coloratura arias, focusing on roles which she has performed on stage. The album features much-loved Puccini arias from La Bohème and Gianni Schicchi, bel canto showpieces from I Puritani and Lucia di Lammermoor and the taxing First Act aria from La traviata "Sempre libera" which showcases both her effortless agility and the full, warm intensity of a Verdi lyric soprano
• Aleksandra Kurzak is also featured on the new album from Decca tenor Joseph Calleja, in which she joins Joseph for duets from La Bohème and Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perless
• “A rising-star soprano with flashing eyes and cover-girl looks” (The Observer)
• “Aleksandra Kurzak, who brought a luminous, impressively focused and agile coloratura voice and winsome sweetness to the role of Gilda . . . she is a coloratura soprano with great gifts and potential” (The New York Times)
Works on This Recording
1. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra
2. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Lucia di Lammermoor: Regnava nel silenzio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
4. Die Fledermaus: Mein Herr Marquis by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918 ; Italy
6. La traviata: Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano), Francesco Demuro (Tenor)
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
7. Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
8. I puritani: Son vergin vezzosa "Polacca" by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
9. L'Elisir d'Amore: Una parola, o Adina by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Francesco Demuro (Tenor), Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1832 ; Italy
10. La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
11. Haunted Manor: Do grobu trwac w bezzennym stanie by Stanislaw Moniuszko
Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra
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