Rossini: Amici e Rivali

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Rossini: Amici e Rivali
Michael Spyres (tenor), Lawrence Brownlee (tenor), I Virtuosi Italiani, Corrado Rovaris, with Tara Erraught (mezzo-soprano)

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Release Date: Friday 5 February 2021

Two of today's most brilliant tenors, Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee, strike sparks off each other as they celebrate the star tenors of Rossini's time, such as Andrea Nozzari, Giovanni David, and Manuel García. Amici e Rivali - 'Friends and Rivals' - comprises arias, duets and trios from seven of the composer's operas, including the ever-popular Il barbiere di Siviglia and the rarely heard Ricciardo e Zoraide. The 'duelling tenors' are joined by the effervescent Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, the prize-winning young Spanish tenor Xabier Anduaga, I Virtuosi Italiani and conductor Corrado Rovaris.

GRAMOPHONE Award Nomination 2021 - Voice & Ensemble

"Their voices contrast very well. Brownlee's tenor fits the Giovanni David mould, light and flexible with glistening brilliance in his upper register. Spyres, with his darker, baritonal tenor, suits the Nozzari roles, powerful and weighty, but with top notes that can really zing...With I Virtuosi Italiani offering sterling support under Corrado Rovaris, this is a must-have disc for discerning fans of vocal fireworks." Gramophone Editor's Choice January 2021

"I've found myself hard put to think of a parallel achievement in singer-recital recordings, certainly of recent times. The performances combine front-rank vocal virtuosity with dedicated artistry, serious purpose with showbiz flair; the selection of works, but also the full-hearted participation of a first-rate conductor and chamber orchestra, plus a 'supporting cast' of real distinction." Opera

"This is impressive: two superb Rossinians in music written for the virtuoso tenors David and Nozzari in the composer's nine Neapolitan operas from the 1810s. Brownlee has a brighter tone than Spyres, who sings Figaro in the Barber of Seville duet, but the latter shines in the darker French Rossini." TheSunday Times


Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act 1: "All'idea di quel metallo" (Figaro, Almaviva)

Ricciardo e Zoraide, Act 1
"S'ella mi è ognor fedele" (Ricciardo)
"Qual sarà mai la gioia" (Ricciardo, Ernesto)

Ricciardo e Zoraide, Act 2
"Donala a questo core" (Agorante, Ricciardo)
"Teco or sarà" (Agorante, Ricciardo)

La donna del lago, Act 2
"Nume! se a' miei sospiri" (Uberto, Elena)
"Qual pena in me già desta" (Uberto, Rodrigo, Elena)

Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, Act 2: "Deh! Scusa i trasporti" (Leicester, Norfolk)

Otello, Act 2
"Non m'inganno" - "Al mio rivale" (Otello, Iago)
"Ah! vieni, nel tuo sangue vendicherò le offese" (Otello, Rodrigo)
"Che fiero punto e questo" (Otello, Rodrigo, Desdemona)

Le siège de Corinthe, Act 3
"Grand Dieu, faut-il qu'un peuple" (Néoclès)
"Cher Cléomène" (Cléomène, Néoclès)
"Céleste providence" (Cléomène, Néoclès, Pamyra)

Rossini: Armida, Act 3: "In quale aspetto imbelle" (Rinaldo, Carlo, Ubaldo)

Lawrence Brownlee, Michael Spyres - Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia: "All'idea di quel metallo"