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Aria The Opera Album

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  • Audio CD (March 24 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000069CO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
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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

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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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I gave this 3 stars for the main reason that I wasn't crazy about the selection/order of arias, I didn't think it made for a natural flow of tracks. I would have preferred for maybe a few tracks of the same opera before moving onto the next.
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.
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I have loved opera all my life and like most found the BIG tenors to be magnificent and awe inspiring. No Bocelli does not have the sustained volume of the "classics" but there is something VERY important to be said about him - - he tends to touch the hearts of people who would not normally listen to opera. His voice has character, texture and tenderness that makes one feel like they are somewhere else. There is nothing wrong with saying he is not the most magnificent tenor ... however, if he instills a love of the music and draws people to the art - - how can one not appreciate how magnificent this is. Emotion is not based on perfection but upon the artists ability to touch others. Bocelli consistantly accomplishes this. The BIG tenors are so disciplined that sometimes they are dry - though technically near perfection. I will take passion over perfection much of the time. I listen to make my heart soar ... not to be a critic. My spouse of 30 years was raised on a farm and could never understand listening to music where one does not understand the words. And yet ... Bocelli's music affects him deeply and often brings tears to his eyes ... this is a miracle. It seems to me that most Bocelli fans love the artist and the passion and emotion that he he brings to the notes rather than the perfection of their execution. I am one of them.
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The very first time I heard the voice of Andrea Bocelli was when someone played "Sogno" for me. But I, a classical trained singer and choral conductor, wnated to know if this singer also recorded a classical cd. He had. The first track I listened to was "Che gelida manina", one of my favourite tenor aria's. Now I must say, that I was not too fond of tenor voices in general, but I was really struck by this one! This is how I really liked that aria, the voice expressed exactly the words of the lyrics the way I would have sung it if I were a tenor! Of course, after buying the cd and listening it over and over, I heard the imperfections. But who is perfect, the most perfect rendition also the one that touches the most? For me this singer is capable of portraying different characters with his voice only. And also adding very subtle emotions. Andrea Bocelli recorded this cd years ago. In the meantime I have seen him perform in staged opera. I think he is also a good actor, who, at least for me, is still growing and now is becoming the singer he promised to be by recording this cd. A honest, heartfelt rendition of the music he loves.
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Listening to the wildly divergent opinions on Andrea Bocelli out there, he is either a) The greatest singer alive today or, b) A talentless hack with a great agent. If you're in the former group, I do want to point out two things. First, most of Bocelli's admirers have never heard a truly great Italian tenor in the concert hall. Without any frame of reference, anyone sounds good.
Secondly, Bocelli's reputation has (until this album) been built on new and/or obscure material. Again, there's no frame of reference. Unfortunately for him, Bocelli enters the standard repertoire with this Aria album, and walks into a land mine. Seventeen of them, to be exact. I'll be brief here. None of the arias presented here are even remotely competitive with the best that you can get. There are problems. Boy, are there problems. There's a sameness of expression throughout. There are issues with the high notes (there's a leap in the Il Puritani aria that's almost painful to listen to) and the voice lacks power (criticisms of the size of Bocelli's voice have dogged him throughout his career.)
Worst of all, however, is Bocelli's annoying tendency to roll his r's. Sometimes it's less offensive than others, but it never entirely goes away. At its worst it sounds like the noise my Stingray bicycle made as a kid when I jammed a baseball card into the spokes. This got so bad that I actually had to stop listening to the CD halfway through. If you want to hear a particularly egregious example, listen to his "Recondita Armonia" (or should I say, "R-r-r-r-r-econdita A-r-r-r-r-r-r-monia.") In general, the Puccini arias fare the worst here - partly because they're so popular, and partly because Bocelli doesn't seem to know what to do with them.
There is value here, however.
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