Anna Netrebko And Rolando Villazon Duets on 180g Import 2LP
Opera’s 'Golden Couple' Pair Up for Their First Duets Recording!
Double 180g Vinyl Pressing from Clearaudio in Gatefold Jacket!
Two of today's most adored young singers perform popular love duets from Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Roméo et Juliette, Manon and Les pêcheurs des perles. As a gift to one another, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón also sing in each other's native language with duets from Luisa Fernanda and Iolanta.
Where would opera be without its duets between soprano and tenor? Whether the duet is confrontational or tearful, joyously ecstatic or nakedly sexual, it is the intertwining of two high-flying voices that gives opera its emotional heart. As Rolando Villazón puts it: “When the opera shows you two young lovers on stage who are ready to die for each other, the audience has to feel their passion."
It helps if vocal allure is matched by physical glamour, and in that respect the Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and the Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón are ideal. In The New York Times Anthony Tommasini described Netrebko as “gorgeous" and Villazón as “dashing," while Alex Ross of The New Yorker suggested that they are “two singers with a certain movie-star quality." In Opera Martin Bernheimer simply labelled them opera's “stardust twins."
Netrebko and Villazón established themselves as the new operatic dream team when they sang in the Salzburg Festival production of Verdi's La Traviata in 2005. Since then, they have conquered the world's stages: in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in Los Angeles, Verdi's Rigoletto at New York's Metropolitan Opera (conducted by Plácido Domingo, who knows a thing or two about vocal finesse), and in Massenet's Manon in Los Angeles (Domingo once again conducting). In Manon, according to the Berliner Morgenpost, “Netrebko's chemistry with Villazón generated cosmic sparks."
Netrebko and Villazón obviously enjoy the chance to test out their linguistic skills. As Villazón says, “We wanted to include a piece in the language that each of us speaks. For me, that is Spanish, for Anna it is Russian. But we have also included duets in French and Italian. So we have tequila, vodka, grappa and...the French would be Bordeaux. Voilà!" As Netrebko says, “What a wonderful cocktail!"
"They're both just fine artists, utterly in their prime, with healthy, attractive voices, and they sing well together. Both singers are in rapturous voice, their phrasing sensitive and sincere...it's a magical performance...Very exciting indeed. The Duke and Gilda are roles made for them. She sounds sweet and vulnerable and he sounds as though he believes what he's singing at the moment...it's a true pleasure to hear singing and communicating of this calibre." - Robert Levine, International Record Review/2007
"Opera's hottest couple of the moment happily prove their worth...All eight tracks, including a terrific zarzuela at the end, polish their crown as opera's dynamic duo." - Anthony Holden, Observer/2007
"These likable young singers generate an abundance of passion in the studio...With high-octane accompaniments from Luisotti, this is red-hot operatic sparring from two of the finest young singers around today." - The Times/2007
- Anna Nebtreko (soprano)
- Rolando Villazon (tenor)
Anna Netrebko And Rolando Villazon Duets Track Listing:
1. La Bohème - Act 1: "O soave fanciulla
2. Lucia di Lammermoor - Act 1: Lucia perdona... Sulla tomba
3. Rigoletto - Act 1: "Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi... E il sol dell'anima"
4. Roméo et Juliette - Act 4: "Va! je t'ai pardonné... Nuit d'hyménée
5. Les pêcheurs de perles - Act 2: No. 8 Chanson: "De mon amie, fleur endormie" - No. 9 Due "Léila! Léila! Dieu puissant!"
6. Manon - Act 3: Toi! Vous!... Ah! Viens, Manon, je t'aime!
7. Iolanta Op. 69 - "Tvajo malchan'je nepan'atna"
8. Luisa Fernanda - Act 3: Cállate, corazón! Duèrmete y calla!