Michael Spyres: A Fool For Love

Delos: DE3414

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Michael Spyres: A Fool For Love

Label:

Delos

Catalogue No:

DE3414

Discs:

1

Release date:

31st Oct 2011

Barcode:

0013491341422

Length:

62 minutes

Medium:

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Michael Spyres: A Fool For Love

Tenor Arias


Bizet:

A cette voix quel trouble… Je crois entendre encore (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Cilea:

È la solita storia 'Lamento di Federico' (from L'Arlesiana)

Donizetti:

Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête! (from La Fille du Régiment)

Una furtiva lagrima (from L'elisir d'amore)

Fra poco a me ricovero...Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Lehár:

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

Encore

Massenet:

Pourquoi me reveiller (from Werther)

Mozart:

Il mio tesoro intanto (from Don Giovanni)

Puccini:

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Rossini:

Cessa di più resistere (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Strauss, R:

Di rigori armato il seno (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Stravinsky:

Here I stand...Since it is not by merit (from The Rake's Progress)

Tchaikovsky:

Kuda, Kuda 'Lensky's Aria' (from Eugene Onegin)

Verdi:

La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)


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“Michael Spyres has a lovely, liquid tenor, all honey for love duets and some metal for cries of outraged honor.” John Yohalem, from Opera Today

You may well be hard-pressed to name a classic opera that lacks a love-story – or a tenor as the main romantic hero. Accordingly, emerging American tenor Michael Spyres has come up with a fresh and fascinating pretext for A Fool for Love: his new collection of tenor arias on Delos.

Michael has carefully selected thirteen mostly well-known arias by composers ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky, encompassing a staggering array of love-related circumstances and emotions. He then sequenced them so as to tell the love-story of a single romantic protagonist. The album’s booklet contains a two-act “plot synopsis,” in which each segment of our hero’s story is indexed to the corresponding aria.

As Michael puts it in his booklet introduction, “What I seek to present to you in this album is a fanciful musical story of a typical war-torn couple, and their struggle to cope with the raptures and ravages of this intangible enigma called love.”

Michael, a Missouri native, completed his studies at the Vienna Conservatory, and is already well-known to European audiences for his critically-acclaimed work in recital, oratorio, and opera. He has appeared at such distinguished houses as Milan’s La Scala and Deutsche Oper Berlin, and worked with conductors like Ricardo Muti and John Eliot Gardner.

Blessed with a supremely versatile instrument, Michael has successfully performed the music of composers from Bach to Wagner, encompassing music of many periods and styles: Baroque, Classical, Bel Canto, and Verismo. He has recorded Rossini’s La Gazzetta, Otello, and Le Siège de Corinthe for Naxos.

Gaetano Donizetti: La fille du regiment

La fille du regiment, Act II: Cavatine: Ah! mes amis, quel jour defete … Pour mon ame

Igor Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

The Rake's Progress, Act I: Recitative: Here I stand …

Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), Act II: Aria: Cessa di piu resistere

Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love)

L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love), Act III: Una furtiva lagrima

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni, K. 527

Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act II: Aria: Il mio tesoro intanto

Georges Bizet: Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers)

Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers), Act I: Je crois entendre encore, cache sous les palmiers

Jules Massenet: Werther

Werther, Act III: Pourquoi me reveiller

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59, TrV 227

Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59, TrV 227, Act I: Di rigori armato il seno

Giacomo Puccini: La boheme

La boheme, Act I: Che gelida manina

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto

Rigoletto, Act III: La donna e mobile

Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Lucia di Lammermoor, Act II: Lucia fra poco a te verra

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Op. 24

Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act II: Kuda, kuda, kuda vi udalilis

Francesco Cilea: L'arlesiana

L'arlesiana, Act II: E la solita storia

Franz Lehar: Das Land des Lachelns (The Land of Smiles)

Das Land des Lachelns (The Land of Smiles), Act II: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!

International Record Review

February 2012

“The voice itself is that of a lyric tenor with a bit of beef when needed. Neat touches enhance the singing in a number of places...[In Cessa di piu resistere] he dances through the roulades with sure steps, avoids aspirating tricky passages and maintains an attractive tone...the sound is clear, and there is much to be admired in Spyres's singing.”

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