Ermonela Jaho: Anima Rara

 
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PUCCINI / BOITO / MASCAGNI / MASSENET / LEONCAVALLO / GIORDANO / VERDI
Ermonela Jaho: Anima Rara
Ermonela Jaho (soprano), Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Andrea Battistoni

[ Opera Rara / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 25 September 2020

Anima Rara, the debut recital album from Ermonela Jaho, explores music championed by Rosina Storchio, one of the most charismatic lyric sopranos of the verismo era. Jaho sings arias from operas including Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Leoncavallo's La bohème, Giordano's Siberia, Mascagni's Lodoletta and Verdi's La traviata, accompanied by the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana led by young Italian conductor Andrea Battistoni. Known for performances of searing intensity and emotional truth, Jaho has been described as 'the world's most acclaimed soprano' (The Economist) and 'one of the great verismo interpreters' (The Guardian).

"She has a slender tone, definitely more lyric than spinto, and is often so deeply invested in her role that it's not always a very 'pretty' sound. Yet it's exactly these qualities that are her strengths here…Jaho invests each and every role with a sense of drama that translates across the speakers, even though there are no visuals." Gramophone Editor's Choice Awards Issue 2020

"The Albanian soprano's voice may not be sumptuous, but her keen alliance of music and text is compelling. One would love to hear her as any of these verismo heroines, but the scene from Lodoletta stands out, idiomatically accompanied by Battistoni and the orchestra." Sunday Times

"Past appearances at the Royal Opera House and on the Opera Rara label may have made us more accustomed to her blazing intensity, fruity but well-managed vibrato and rounded, copper-coloured tone colour. Yet the Jaho effect continues to thrill and startle to a singular degree." The Times Five Stars

Tracks:

Puccini: Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly
Leoncavallo: Musette svaria sulla bocca viva (from La Bohème)
Mascagni: Un dì ero piccina (from Iris)
Massenet: Ces gens que je connais...Pendant un an je fus ta femme (from Sapho)
Boito: L'altra notte in fondo al mare (from Mefistofele)
Mascagni: Ah, il suo nome… Flammen perdonami (from Lodoletta)
Verdi: Teneste la promessa...Addio, del passato (from La Traviata)
Giordano, U: Nel so amore from Siberia
Mascagni: Son pochi fiori (from L'Amico Fritz)
Catalani: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (from La Wally)
Leoncavallo: Mimi Pinson la biondinetta (from La Bohème)
Massenet: Prelude…Demain je partirai (from Sapho)
Puccini: Con onor muore (from Madama Butterfly)

Ermonela Jaho's recital recording ANIMA RARA