|1. Rigoletto: Questa o quella|
|2. La Boheme: Che gelida manina|
|3. TOSCA: Recondita armonia|
|4. TOSCA: E lucevan le stelle|
|5. Madama Butterfly: Addio, fiorito asil|
|6. Andrea Chenier: Come un bel di di maggio|
|7. I Puritani: A te, o cara|
|8. Der Rosenkavalier: Di rigori armato il seno|
|9. Fedora: Amor ti vieta|
|10. La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda|
|11. La Gioconda: Cielo e mar!|
|12. Adriana Lecouvreur: La dolcissima effigie|
|13. La Boheme: Musetta! - Testa adorata|
|14. Lucia di Lammermoor: Tombe degli avi miei - Fra poco a me ricovero|
|15. Werther: Pourquoi me reveiller|
|16. Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetee|
|17. La Fille Du Regiment: Pour mon ame|
Aria The Opera Album
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Includes such arias as Questa o Quella from Rigoletto Verdi; Che Gelida Manina from La Boh+¨me Puccini; Recondita Armonia, E Lucevan le Stelle from Tosca Puccini; Addio, Fiorito Asil from Madama Butterfly Puccini; A Te, O Cara from I Puritani Bellini; Le Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jet+ªe from Carmen Bizet, and more.
Andrea Bocelli is no opera singer, but he shows far more potential in this album than does another pop-vocalist tenor-wannabe, Michael Bolton. For one thing, he can shake off the crooner mannerisms and really sing when performing music that calls for it. At his best, he has a rich, dark timbre and an easy, unforced top. At other times, however, the tone turns dry and thin and the high notes are constricted, the inconsistency suggesting a lack of technique. Never does one get the impression that he could be heard over a medium-sized orchestra without amplification. This isn't bad singing per se, but there is much better out there, readily available on disc. --Sarah Bryan Miller
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But looking over the other reviews it really surprises me how the serious opera listeners think they can dissuade or discourage Bocelli fans by simply running off a list of legendary names (the logic being one listen to these greats and Bocelli will be all but forgotton) or pointing out things like "he could not be heard over an orchestra" and therefore his fans should not enjoy his recordings. This is being very presumtious and completely ignores what Bocelli is all about.
Bocelli is NOT an opera singer in the true sense of the term... he has not built a career that way, but more importantly his sound is not purely opera either. But that's exactly WHY he's been able to carve out a career and a large following and been able to expose people to this kind of music... As great as top-quality serious tenors are (the ones who can be heard over an orchestra), most people's impression from hearing them at first is not favorable. It's just too much of everything for the average ear to take in... Some would say it's a type of singing so highly specialized that it doesn't sound "human" and therefore they cannot relate to it. Bocelli instead has a far more relateable sound, he brings a certain type of popular sensibility to his singing most people instantly find pleasureable. He combines this with seriousness and enough passion and enough technique to the music he is singing that people can't help but equate him with opera. Simply put: his voice has the better qualities the general public associates with opera singing (smooth delivery, beautiful high notes, pleasing tone), and none of the qualities they are usually turned off by (overpowering/piercing power, overwhealming intensity, complex phrasing, sound they cannot relate to).
I don't believe his desired intent with these opera recordings is to make people forget Pavarotti in his prime and turn the opera world on it's ear. Instead he tries to "evoke" an opera singer's image and sound in the minds of people who would otherwise not even begin to have interest in opera. That's a very big difference, so it makes no sense to even try to bring up the legendary tenor names as if these are valid comparison points. Also it makes no difference whatsoever if Bocelli is closely miked or not since he is not competing for stage vocal power agaist real career opera tenors, his aim is for the general public not serious opera buffs.
As for this CD, my favorite track was the first ("Quest o quella"). Bocelli's phrasing was spot on perfect for that. Some of the following tracks seemed less than perfect. My guess is the production was rushed and Bocelli did not have much preparation and study to give his all for so many diverse arias. For example, this was his first recording of "Che gelida manina" and to me it sounded a bit dead, but I prefer the one the recorded for the "La Boheme" full opera CD... it was MUCH better focused and polished, a definite improvement. Same for "E lucevan le stelle" here compared to the much more dramatic, passionate rendition Bocelli delivered on the full "Tosca" CD. This proves to me Bocelli is capable of improving his interpretations and could do better than what was in this earlier attempt but he needs the right direction to accomplish that.
I'm not a fan of so many diverse arias on one CD so that's basically why I prefer some other Bocelli recordings to this one.
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