Swoon: The Opera Collection (2CD)

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The Swoon series continues with a 2CD deluxe collection celebrating the exquisite beauty of the voice – the first time that a Swoon album has been dedicated to opera.

The album presents operatic gems from across four hundred years, bringing together arias both celebrated and little-known – sung by a roster of the world’s very finest singers. The repertoire ranges from the baroque (German countertenor Andreas Scholl sings Handel’s Ombra mai fù, and Pavarotti presents Bononcini’s Per la gloria d’adoravi) to the classical (Mozart’s Ruhe Sanft with Emma Matthews), and on to the Romantic era (Walther’s Prize Song by Wagner, sung by Jonas Kaufmann, and Nicole Car singing Vendulka’s Lullaby from Smetana’s The Kiss) and the twentieth century (Renée Fleming in I Can Smell the Sea Air from Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire).

Music chosen by Mairi Nicolson and Warner Whiteford, presenter and producer respectively of ABC Classic FM’s The Opera Show.

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CD 1:

1. HANDEL Ombra mai fù from Xerxes

2. WAGNER Walther’s Prize Song from The Mastersingers of Nuremberg

3. SMETANA Vendulka’s Lullaby from The Kiss

4. CHARPENTIER Depuis le jour from Louise

5. CILEA È la solita storia from L’Arlesiana

6. PUCCINI O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi

7. GOUNOD Ah! lève-toi soleil! from Roméo et Juliette

8. GLUCK O del mio dolce ardor from Paride ed Elena

9. PURCELL When I Am Laid in Earth from Dido and Aeneas

10. PURCELL Hush, No More from The Fairy Queen

11. VERDI Va’, pensiero from Nabucco

12. BONONCINI Per la gloria d’adorarvi from Griselda

13. BELLINI Quì la voce from I puritani

14. OFFENBACH Scintille, diamant from The Tales of Hoffmann

15. PUCCINI O soave fanciulla from La bohème

16. STRAUSS Act III Trio from Der Rosenkavalier

CD 2:

1. DONIZETTI Una furtiva lagrima from The Elixir of Love

2. MOZART Soave sia il vento from Così fan tutte

3. DONIZETTI Tornami a dir from Don Pasquale

4. DELIBES Flower Duet from Lakmé

5. MOZART Ruhe sanft from Zaide

6. VIVALDI Mentre dormi from L’Olimpiade

7. MONTEVERDI Pur ti miro from The Coronation of Poppea

8. WAGNER Prelude from Tristan and Isolde

9. VERDI La Vergine degli angeli from The Force of Destiny

10. KORNGOLD Marietta’s Song from Die tote Stadt

11. PREVIN I Can Smell the Sea Air from A Streetcar Named Desire

12. CILEA Intermezzo from Adriana Lecouvreur

13. GOUNOD Nuit resplendissante from Cinq-Mars

14. STRAUSS Morgen!

15. BIZET In the Depths of the Holy Temple from The Pearl Fishers

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