Cheryl Barker sings Great Operatic Arias ()

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Australian soprano Cheryl Barker has been featured on a number of recordings in Chandos' Opera in English Series, and on her first solo release for the label she continues that tradition with familiar arias translated into English (plus two originally written in English). It's almost always revelatory to hear familiar vocal music sung in one's native language. "Almost" because the experience can depend on the quality of the translations, which in the past have sometimes been embarrassingly awkward, but Chandos is notable ...

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  1. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: See now, I am exhausted... / I am the humble servant of God's immortal art
  2. Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), opera, Op. 68: You need not close the windows just yet / Oh why am I so tearful
  3. Pagliacci, opera: His eyes were flashing with anger / Through the air they soar
  4. Pagliacci, opera: Nedda! / My fate is in your hands / Then will you say why you have enslaved me
  5. Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: To the moonlit waves they cast him
  6. The End of the Affair, opera: Nineteen forty-four. March. May. June
  7. Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), opera, Op. 68: It's nearly midnight now
  8. Arabella, opera, Op. 79 (TrV 263): He's not the one who is right for me / The one who's right for me
  9. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Poor little flowers
  10. The Violins of Saint-Jacques: How can I explain to you
  11. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: I'll float into the distance
  12. Arabella, opera, Op. 79 (TrV 263): I'm very glad, Mandryka
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Cheryl Barker sings Great Operatic Arias
2009, Chandos

UPC: 095115316122

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