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O beau pays de la Touraine

Opera details:

Opera title:

Les Hugenots

Composer:

Giacomo Meyerbeer

Language:

French

Synopsis:

Les Hugenots Synopsis

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Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Marguerite de Valois

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

2

Previous scene: Ein feste Burg
Next scene: Ah! si j'étais coquette

Brenda Harris - Meyerbeer: LES HUGUENOTS, O beau pays de la Touraine, Boston 1985

Singer: Carol Vaness

First of all -- I debated whether to post this selection at all because audio quality is poor (sometimes an issue we have to endure with amateur in-house recordings). However, I decided that the benefits outweighed the drawbacks, and that enough of a sense of Harris's brilliant singing came through to make it worth it, for the diehards as least.

THE SONGBIRD: Where to start with Brenda Harris?! This American soprano's long career has shown an astounding range, earning her contention as a true "prima donna assoluta." In her 35-year career she has sung a huge swath of coloratura, lyric, and dramatic roles by composers from all eras, all around the world, but especially in New England. She was a regional finalist in the Met auditions in 1984, and then in 1997 was the cover for Carol Vaness as Vitellia at The Met -- and she stepped in to finish a performance (Act 2 of "La Clemenza di Tito" was her only performance at The Met). She has gone from big coloratura roles like Anna Bolena, Semiramide, and Norma to the pure dramatic roles Turandot, Elektra, and Beethoven's Leonore.

THE MUSIC: You can hear the rich power and flexibility in this rare capture of her early in her career singing Marguerite's majestic tour-de-force aria "O beau pays" from Meyerbeer's "Les Huguenots" in Boston. Marguerite's long scene is one of the pinnacles of florid soprano arias in French grand opera. It's structured in three major sections: the elegant pastoral opening aria, the middle section where she weaves long threads of roulades over two back-up singers (her ladies-in-waiting), and an exciting cabaletta with fireworks going off in every direction -- typically culminating in a long "stop everything" cadenza (always quite different in each rendition — Harris seems to hew close to Sutherland’s). The aria wants a singer with a noble bearing, a regal yet feminine tonal quality, pristine execution of the endless pyrotechnics, and a true sense of exquisite beauty and ease through all of it.

Watch videos with other singers performing O beau pays de la Touraine:

Lisette Oropesa in Meyerbeer s Les Huegenots  259937
1 - Lisette Oropesa
Annick MASSIS 2005 Les Huguenots I GMeyerbeer 123229
1 - Annick Massis

Les Huguenots Act 2 O beau pays de la Touraine Marguerite Urbain Coryphee Dame 123240
1 - Diana Damrau
Desiree Rancatore O beau Pays de la Touraine da Les Huguenots di G Meyerbeer 123233
1 - Desirée Rancatore

Ruth Ann Swenson O Beau pays de la Touraine Les Huguenots 123232
1 - Ruth Ann Swenson
Montserrat Caballe Les Huguenots Giacomo Meyerbeer 123239
1 - Montserrat Caballé

Christiane EdaPierre O beau pays de la Touraine Les Huguenots 123253
1 - Christiane Eda-Pierre

Beverly Sills Les Huguenots O beau pays de la Touraine Carnegie Hall 51469 259940
1 - Beverly Sills

Joan Sutherland O beau pays de la Touraine Les Huguenots Meyerbeer 123246
1 - Joan Sutherland
Margarethe Siems sing O glucklich Land from Les huguenots Meyerbeer 123249
1 - Margarethe Siems

Alida BarbasiniLes Huguenots O beau pays de la Touraine  123260
1 - Katia Ricciarelli
Meyerbeer Les Huguenots O beau pays de la Touraine by Eide Norena 1935 123270
1 - Eidé Norena

Soprano ANTONINA NEZHDANOVA Les Huguenots O beau pays de la Touraine 1908 123263
1 - Antonina Nezhdanova
Brenda Harris Meyerbeer LES HUGUENOTS O beau pays de la Touraine Boston 1985 259948
1 - Carol Vaness

Les Huguenots O beau pays de la touraine Recorded 1911 123281
1 - Frieda Hempel
Les Huguenots Act II O beau pays de la Touraine 123280
1 - Renée Doria

Les Huguenots Act II Au beau pays de la Touraine 123279
1 - Alice Verlet
Diana Damrau records Meyerbeer Grand Opera Les Huguenots O beau pays de la Touraine  123225
1 - Diana Damrau
1 - Maria Callas
2 - Joyce DiDonato

1962 live Joan Sutherland Les Huguenots at La Scala O beau pays de la Touraine 123226
1 - Joan Sutherland
2 - Fiorenza Cossotto
2 - Giulietta Simionato
Rita Shane O beau pays de la Touraine from Les Huguenots 123228
1 - Jeanette Scovotti
1 - Rita Shane

Giacomo Meyerbeer LES HUGUENOTS O beau pays de la Touraine Joan Sutherland 123235
1 - Joan Sutherland
1 - Kiri Te Kanawa

Meyerbeer Les Huguenots Act 2 O beau pays de la Touraine 123290
1 - Joan Sutherland
1 - Kiri Te Kanawa
2 - Huguette Tourangeau

Louise Lebrun Meyerbeer LES HUGUENOTS O beau pays de la Touraine Paris 1976 High E 259943
1 - Carol Neblett
1 - Edita Gruberová
1 - Pierrette Alarie
Les Huguenots Meyerbeer beau pays de la Touraine Lisette Oropesa 259946
1 - Ermonela Jaho
1 - Lisette Oropesa
2 - Karine Deshayes

Sumi Jo beau pays de la Touraine LES HUGEUNOTS Giacomo Meyerbeer 259958
1 - Sumi Jo
2 - Elīna Garanča
Ruth Ann Swenson O beau pays de la Touraine LES HUGUENOTS Giacomo Meyerbeer 259959
1 - Ruth Ann Swenson
2 - Marilyn Horne

Dame Joan Sutherland O beau pays de la Touraine LES HUGUEONOTS Giacomo Meyerbeer 259965
1 - Joan Sutherland
1 - Nellie Melba
2 - Marilyn Horne
Les Huguenots Act II Air O beau pays de la Touraine Sombres chimeres Marguerite 123289
1 - Renée Doria
2 - Simone Couderc

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