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CHAN 3085

Alan Opie sings Bel Canto Arias

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2003

Originally recorded in 2003


Philharmonia Orchestra

(track 4)

English National Opera Orchestra

(tracks 1, 5 & 10)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

(tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11)

Gabriele Bellini

(track 1)

David Parry

(tracks 2-11)


Blackheath Halls, London

Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London


Brian Couzens


Ben Connellan

(track 11)

Ralph Couzens

(tracks 1-4, 6 & 7)

Jonathan Cooper

(tracks 5, 8, 9 & 10)

Record Label
Opera In English


Vocal & Song

Opera in English

Total Time - 78:07
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Figaro's Cavatina from The Barber of Seville

  'La la la lera, la la la la. Here at your service to do or die am I!'  
  from CHAN 3025(2) The Barber of Seville  



Count de Luna's Recitative, Aria and Cabaletta from Il trovatore (The Troubador)

  'All is deserted' -  
  'In the stars that shine above me' -  
  'My hour of joy approaches'  
  with Clive Bayley bass (Ferrando) and Geoffrey Mitchell Choir  
  from CHAN 3036(2) Il trovatore  



Camoëns' Recitative and Romance from Dom Sebastian, King of Portugal

  'On the African shores' -  
  'Lisbon fair, beloved homeland'  

Aria and Cabaletta from Lucia of Lammermoor

  'You seem unhappy' -  
  'Trembling, I feel the horror' -  
  'All in vain do you try to waken tender feelings'  
  with Stephen Chaundy tenor (Normanno), Peter Rose bass (Raimondo) and Geoffrey Mitchell Choir  
  from CHAN 3083(2) Lucia of Lammermoor  



Duet: Carlo and Elvira, and Trio: Carlo, Ernani and Elvira from Ernani

  'Since the day when first I saw you' -  
  'You're Ernani! At once I despise you'  
  with Susan Patterson soprano (Elvira) and Julian Gavin tenor (Ernani)  
  from CHAN 3052(2) Ernani  

The Doge's Scena and Romance from The Two Foscari

  'I am alone, here in private' -  
  'How my old heart beats wildly'  



Duet: William Tell and Arnold Melcthal from William Tell

  with Barry Banks tenor (Arnold Melcthal)  

William Tell's Aria from William Tell

  'Keep very still now: kneel down before me'  



Ezio's Scena, Aria and Cabaletta from Attila

  '''Peace is concluded''' -  
  'From everlasting mountains' -  
  'So my fate has been decided'  
  with Dennis O'Neill tenor (Foresto) and Geoffrey Mitchell Choir  

Part III Finale from Ernani

  'Charlemagne inspire me'  
  with Peter Rose bass (Silva), Susan Patterson, Helen Williams, Julian Gavin, Peter Wedd, Paul Hodges and English National Opera Chorus  
  from Chan 3052(2) Ernani  



Prologue from Pagliacci (The Touring Party)

  'Hello . . . Hello . . . Dear Ladies and gentlemen, you'll pardon me'  
  from CHAN 3003 Pagliacci  
Alan Opie, one of the most distinguished baritones on the international opera scene today, is the latest singer to be featured in Chandos’ ‘Great Operatic Arias’ series.

This Italian programme comprises mainly bel-canto repertoire and showcases Opie’s brilliant technique.

This recital contains two of the most famous baritone solos of all, Figaro’s song from The Barber of Seville (‘Here at your service’) and the Prologue to Pagliacci.

as is usual with Opera in English releases, this CD is available at mid-price.

"Like that nineteenth-century speciality, the romantic tenor, the voice of the baritone took on ever more sturdy characteristics to combat the burgeoning orchestras of romantic opera composers. The baritone needed to be able to sustain a high tessitura and to ring out in the midst of an orchestral fortissimo. Such demands gave rise to the Verdi baritone, absolutely central to Verdi’s work and for a time, through his operas, became as esteemed as the romantic tenor. Therefore the works of Verdi justifiably take a central position in Alan Opie’s recital. The disc also features some of the most famous bel-canto baritone writing by Verdi’s contemporaries.

Principal baritone with English National Opera for many years, the versatile Alan Opie has performed a wide variety of major roles. He sings regularly at Glyndebourne and Covent Garden, most recently in The Bartered Bride and Sophie’s Choice. He is much in demand internationally, having performed at the most prestigious venues including Bayreuth, La Scala, Milan, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vienna State Opera, Den norske opera Oslo, Netherlands Reisopera and the Opera national de Paris-Bastille. Future plans include the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen (La Scala), Fieramosca in Benvenuto Cellini (the Met), Balstrode in Peter Grimes in Toronto and at the Royal Opera House, and roles in La Traviata at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Die Meistersinger in Turin, Madama Butterfly in Cagliari, Munich, London, Beijing and Tokyo, and the title role in Rigoletto at English National Opera.

'Opie has been a faithful servant of opera for Britain for many years, and this sompilation presents him in on impressive form. He dispenses firm tone, well supported , with a ringing top, and he produces long phrases, with a legato helped by clear enunciation which is unhampered by overstressing.'

Alan Opies sense of engagement with the Count of Luna is formidable, his command of the vocal needs of the role consistently impressive.
Opera Now on CHAN 3036(2) (Il trovatore)

The baritone Alan Opie as Di Luna is the star of the recording, a top-grade performance.
The Sunday Telegraph on CHAN 3036(2) (Il trovatore)

Alan Opie has appeared on numerous Chandos recordings and is consistently well reviewed: Throughout, Opie provides plenty of visceral excitement…
"Opera News, New York on CHAN 3083(2) (Lucia of Lammermoor)"

Alan Opie is on tremendous form as Carlo, musicianly to a degree and wedding notes to text with complete success.
BBC Music Magazine on CHAN 3052(2) (Ernani)

Opie has een a faithful servant of opera for Britain for many years, and this sompilation presents him in on impressive form. He dispenses firm tone, well supported , with a ringing top, and he produces long phrases, with a legato helped by clear enunciation which is unhampered by overstressing.

'Frankly, given the need for good Verdi baritones, it is hard to explain why he isn't more of a superstar that is the case. What I hear on the disc is a warm lyric baritone with sufficient heft for the big moments, smooth and even tonal emission, a nd a wide range complete woth a secure top. He sings with committment, intensity, and sensitivity'.'

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