Scene d'amore - Opera Arias

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Scene d'amore - Opera Arias



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26th Aug 2008




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Scene d'amore - Opera Arias


Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (from Carmen)


Ah! Je ris de me voir (from Faust)


Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)


Puskay pogibnu ya 'Tatiana's Letter Scene' (from Eugene Onegin)


Come in quest'ora bruna (from Simon Boccanegra)

Ave Maria (from Otello)



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Audiences and critics hail the Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski as one of the finest singers in the world. Her more recent orchestral albums on Ondine have been praised as top-choice recordings and earned the highest distinctions such as the BBC Music Magazine Disc of the Year 2007 Award, a 2007 MIDEM Classical Award and a 2002 Gramophone Award.

This disc features popular scenes and arias from the late-19th century Italian, French and Russian opera marking Soile Isokoski's greatest successes on stage. Included are the famous aria "Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì" from La Bohème, with which Soile Isokoski gave her opera début in 1989, as well as the famous ‘Letter Scene’ from Eugene Onegin, which she sang at the Finnish National Opera, in 2006, to international acclaim. Besides her role debuts as Tatyana, Ellen Orford in Dresden, Christine in Intermezzo at the Theater an der Wien (2008) and Charpentier's Louise at the Bastille Opera in Paris, Ms. Isokoski's engagements until 2009 include Cosí fan tutte in Bilbao and Vienna, Lohengrin in Geneva, La Juive, Intermezzo, Rosenkavalier and Faust in Vienna and Don Giovanni at the MET.

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

Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act I: Tatiana's Letter Scene

Georges Bizet: Carmen

Carmen, Act III: Je dis que rien m'epouvante

Charles-Francois Gounod: Faust

Act II: Je voudrais bien savoir … Ah! Je ris de me voir si belle

Act II: O Dieu, que de bijoux

Giacomo Puccini: La boheme

La boheme, Act I: Si. Mi chiamano Mimi

Giacomo Puccini: Turandot

Turandot, Act III Scene 1: Tu, che di gel sei cinta

Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

Simon Boccanegra, Act I: Come in quest'ora bruna

Giuseppe Verdi: Otello

Otello, Act IV: Emilia, te ne prego … Piangea cantando … Ave Maria

BBC Music Magazine

September 2008


“Deploying her well-produced and fresh tone with skill and imagination, Soile Isokoski defines eight lyric soprano heroines, each one quite different. It's a remarkable achievement, underpinned with consistently excellent musicianship.”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2008

“…the Tchaikovsky would appear to be a role for which she is ideally suited. Her Russian diction seems clear and precise, the voice is admirably steady. The Bizet and Puccini items are pleasant enough, but it is in Verdi that Isokoski is able to demonstrate her dramatic skill. The hopeful, eager tones of Maria in Boccanegra, as she awaits her lover, contrast with the resigned, wounded Desdemona. Recorded sound is excellent.”

Sunday Times

14th September 2008


“It would be hard to think of any singer today who sings [the roles of Mimi and Tatyana] more exquisitely…Is there a more beautiful soprano voice in opera today? Listening to her rapt, long-breathed phrasing of Come, in quest'ora bruna, from Boccanegra, and Desdemona's Willow Song and Ave Maria, it's hard to think of one.”

The Guardian

5th October 2008

“One of the finest vocal instruments of the moment, the exquisite soprano of Finland's Soile Isokoski roams amorously through the core repertoire in this outstanding anthology”

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