Sonya Yoncheva - Verdi (CD)

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Sonya Yoncheva

For her third solo album for Sony Classical, the Operalia-winning soprano, Yoncheva turns her attention to the work of a composer for whom many feel she has always had a special affinity: Giuseppe Verdi. The music of Verdi forms the lodestone of most dramatic-lyric sopranos, and Yoncheva includes arias from some of the composer’s rarely-performed operas in addition to some of the most beloved ones. From the early operas, she sings arias from Nabucco (1842), Attila (1846), Luisa Miller (1849) and Stiffelio (1850). The latter aria is a prayer of forgiveness from a woman, the wife of a pastor, who has been unfaithful. ‘The emotional range of this aria is amazing, and musically it uses the whole voice from high to low- but amazingly it all happens in about two minutes.’

Track Listing

Il Trovatore: Tacea la notte placida ... Di tale amor che dirsi
Luisa Miller: Tu puniscimi, o Signore
Attila: Liberamente or piangi ... Oh! Nel fuggente nuvolo
Tosto ei disse! ... A te ascenda, o Dio clemente
La forza del destino: Pace! Pace, mio Dio!
Otello: Ave Maria, piena di grazia
Simon Boccanegra: Come in quest'ora bruna
Don Carlo: Tu che le vanità ... Francia, nobile suol
Nabucco: Anch'io dischiuso un giorno ... Salgo già del trono aurato

Munich Radio Orchestra
Massimo Zanetti
Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)