Sempre Libera - Persson

Sempre Libera - Persson


Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal

DONIZETTI, Gaetano (1797 –1848): Quel guardo il cavaliere… So anch’io la virtù magica (Don Pasquale, Act I)
GOUNOD, Charles (1818–93): O Dieu ! que de bijoux ! … Ah ! je ris de me voir si belle (Faust, Act III); Ah! Je veux vivre (Roméo et Juliette, Act I)
BELLINI, Vincenzo (1801–35): Eccomi in lieta vesta… Oh! quante volte (I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Act I)
BIZET, Georges (1838– 75): C’est des contrebandiers le refuge ordinaire… Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante (Carmen, Act II); from Carmen Suite No. 1: Intermezzo
DELIBES, Léo (1836– 91): Viens, Mallika … Sous le dôme épais (Lakmé, Act I)*
PUCCINI, Giacomo (1858– 1924): Quando me’n vo’ (La Bohème, Act II); O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)
MEYERBEER, Giacomo (1791–1864): Ombre légère (Dinorah or Le Pardon de Ploërmel, Act II)
OFFENBACH, Jacques (1819–80): Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour (Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Act II)*
MESSAGER, André (1853–1929): Le jour sous le soleil béni (Madame Chrysanthème, Act III)
VERDI, Giuseppe (1813–1901): È strano, è strano… Sempre libera (La Traviata, Act I)** [including applause]

Miah Persson (soprano)
*: with Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano)
**: with Andrew Staples (tenor)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding (conductor)

To the audiences of many of the world’s leading opera houses – the Metropolitan, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper – Miah Persson will be well-known as an infinitely charming Susanna, a beguiling Sophie and a coquettish Fiordiligi. On her latest recording for BIS she takes up a set of different roles, however, as she ventures into the fields of bel canto, opéra lyrique and verismo in the company of Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The range of characters is wide, from a teenage Juliet, eager to live life to the full in Gounod’s Je veux vivre, to Verdi’s Violetta, a courtesan at the height of her powers, who in her scene and aria È strano…tries to convince herself that her freedom is more valuable than love.

The programme includes some of the emotional high points in the opera literature (Bellini’s Oh! quante volte, Puccini’s O mio babbino caro), as well as light relief (Norina’s cavatina So anch’io la virtù magica) and moments of pure, unadulterated beauty, such as the Flower Duet from Lakmé and Offenbach’s Barcarolle. In the two latter pieces, Miah Persson is joined by her Swedish colleague, the mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus, while the tenor Andrew Staples makes a cameo appearance in Sempre libera, as Alfredo, singing of his love for Violetta below her window.

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Recorded at the Berwald Hall in Stockholm, 31st March–4th April 2014, including public concerts on 2nd and 3rd April; 24/96

Recording producer: Ingo Petry (Take5 Music Production)

Sound engineer: Thore Brinkmann (Take5 Music Production)

Recording equipment: BIS’s recording teams use microphones from Neumann and Schoeps, audio electronics from RME, Lake People and DirectOut, MADI optical cabling technology, monitoring equipment from B&W, STAX and Sennheiser, and Sequoia and Pyramix digital audio workstations.

Post-production: Editing and mixing: Ingo Petry

Executive producer: Robert Suff