A Heavenly Blend

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“If the sound of a beautifully produced soprano is thrilling to the ear, then a combination of two such voices should double that thrill.”  Thus George sets out his hypothesis for a program that encompasses baroque madrigals, concert music, and scenes from opera.  He proves his hypothesis, too, with performances of transporting, serene lyricism and thrilling, coloratura fireworks.

1. Claudio Monteverdi: “Tornate, o Cari Baci” (Madrigal Book 7) – Pamela Murray & Pamela Dellal

2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro “Sull'aria…Che soave zeffiretto” (Letter Duet) – Kiri Ti Kanawa & Dawn Upshaw

3. Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi “Ah, crudel, d’onor ragioni” – Beverly Sills & Janet Baker

4. Gioacchino Rossini: Semiramide “Alle più care immagini” – Joan Sutherland & Marilyn Horne

5. Hector Berlioz: Béatrice e Bénédict “Quoi! vous pleurez, madame?...Nuit paisible et sereine!” (Duo Nocturne) – Sylvia McNair & Catherine Robbin

6. Léo Delibes: Lakmé “Dôme épais” (Flower Duet) – Joan Sutherland & Jane Berbié

7. Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier  “Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren” – Helen Donath & Yvonne Minton

8. Richard Strauss:  Arabella “Aber der Richtige, wenns einen gibt für mich auf dieser Welt” – Lisa della Casa & Hilde Güden

9. Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel (Sandman’s Song & Prayer Duet) Barbara Hendricks, Barbara Bonney, & Anne-Sophie von Otter

10. Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem (Recordare) Elisabeth Schwarzkopf & Christa Ludwig