Opera Gala Baden-Baden

Four of the greatest singers of our time combine their talents and their
artistry in an evening of beloved operatic numbers - rarely has a concert
deserved the title "Opera Summit" as much as this one, recorded live at the
Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden on 3 August 2007. Heading the quartet is
soprano Anna Netrebko with her inimitable blend of glamour and simplicity,
her enticing appearance and seductive singing, a musical powerhouse who
tops the pop charts and sells out operas houses within hours.
Hardly less dazzling than her Russian colleague is Latvian mezzo Elina
Garanca, whose crystal-clear voice and charismatic stage presence never
fail to enthrall her audiences. She is a frequent guest of the Vienna State
Opera and the Salzburg Festival, where she made her sensational debut as
Annio in Mozart's "La clemenza di Tito" in 2003. Her international career
has taken her to Covent Garden, the Met and other prestigious stages. She
was awarded the European Cultural Prize in Dresden in 2006.
Replacing the indisposed Rolando Villazón is his fellow Mexican tenor Ramón
Vargas, who began his career in Europe after winning the first prize in the
Enrico Caruso Competition in Milan. His international breakthrough came in
1993 when he replaced Luciano Pavarotti as Edgardo in "Lucia di
Lammermoor." Today he sings at all the world's major theaters. French
baritone Ludovic Tézier is a frequent guest at La Scala, the Opéra Bastille
and the Met. His interpretations of Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva, as
well as Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin have brought him ovations at the
Glyndebourne Festival and the Bregenz Festival.
Under experienced opera conductor Marco Armiliato, the orchestra of the SWR
Baden-Baden lends its sensitive musical support to the singers. The first
part of the program consists of Italian arias in which the stars dazzle
above all in bel canto fireworks. The second half is devoted to the more
lyrical outpourings of the romantic masters such as "O soave fanciulla"
from "La Bohème" and the quartet "Bella figlia dell'amore" from
"Rigoletto." Five encores round off the concert, which concludes with a
rousing rendition of the "Brindisi" from "La Traviata." A toast indeed to
an exquisitely entertaining evening captured in all of its immediacy and
vibrancy by Unitel!
Bellini, Norma: Overture // Bellini, Norma: Mira, o Norma (Netrebko,
Garanca) // Donizetti, L'elisir d'amore: Una furtiva lagrima (Vargas) //
Bellini, Puritani: Ah! per sempre io ti perdei - Bel sogno beato (Tézier)
// Bellini, Norma: Casta Diva (Netrebko) // Rossini, La Cenerentola:
Nacqui all'affanno e al pianto (Garanca) // Verdi, Don Carlo: Dio, che
nell'alma infondere (Vargas, Tézier) // Saint-Saens, Samson et Dalila:
Bacchanale // Delibes, Lakmé: Sous le dome epais (Netrebko, Garanca) //
Bizet, Les pecheur des perles: Au fond du temple saint (Vargas, Tézier) //
Saint-Saens, Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix (Garanca) //
Verdi, Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido (Vargas) // Verdi, Don
Carlo: Per me giunto - Io morrò, ma lieto in core (Tézier) // Puccini,
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla (Netrebko, Vargas) // Verdi, Rigoletto:
Bella figlia dell'amore (Netrebko, Garanca, Vargas, Tézier) // Lehár,
Giuditta: Meine Lippen (Netrebko) // Rossini, La Danza (Vargas) // Chapí,
Las hijas del Zebedeo: Al pensar en el dueno (Garanca) // Bizet, Carmen:
Song of the Torero (Tézier) // Verdi, La Traviata: Brindisi (Netrebko,
Garanca, Vargas, Tézier)

Composer: Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, Camille Saint-Saëns, Léo Delibes, Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini, Franz Lehár, Ruperto Chapí
Title: Opera Gala Baden-Baden
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Soloist: Anna Netrebko, Elīna Garanča, Ramón Vargas, Ludovic Tézier
Video Director: Frank Hof
Genre: Concert
Length: 139 minutes
Cat.No.: A055122000000
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