Caesar has curves

Caesar has curves

The program for Marie-Nicole Lemieux’s performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is out: two Mitridate arias, one Sesto, one Cherubino and Judith from the oratorio La Betulia liberata [MORE].  Not to be missed.

Meanwhile, NML who’s on the Naive roster, continues to produce stunning recordings. Her latest is the French rep CD, Ne me refuse pas:

1. Jules Massenet: Ne me refuse pas (Hérodiade, 1881)
2. Luigi Cherubini: Ah! nos peines seront communes (Néris, Médée, 1797)
3. Fromental Halévy: Sous leur sceptre… Humble fille des champs (Odette, Charles VI, 1843)
4. Hector Berlioz: Heureux enfants… (Roméo et Juliette, 1839)
5. André Wormser: Qu’Apollon soit loué… Ombre d’Agamemnon (Clytemnestre, 1875)
6. Ambroise Thomas: Connais-tu le pays? (Mignon, 1866)
7. Werther, Werther! Qui m’aurait dit la place… (Charlotte, Werther, 1892)
8. Georges Bizet: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Carmen, 1875)
9. Hector Berlioz: Je vais mourir (Didon, Les Troyens, 1863)
10. Camille Saint-Saëns: Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix (Dalila, Samson et Dalila, 1877)

There is a surprise track at the end, Offenbach’s ‘Fille de tambour major’. You can sample her outstanding ‘Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’, they play it as the first number in this wide-ranging interview with NML on Passion Classique. Go to the December 8 show and do a quick free signup, it is worth it: you’ll discover what a great musicological mind she has, what generous spirit. [Wait for her take on the Tristan und Isolde Liebestod, which she chose as one of her favourite piece of music of all time.]

She was also recently a guest at CBC Radio’s SATO. Hear it for the music — they played two other pieces from this CD. She was interviewed in English, and it was fine [giggles abound, as usual, and her toddler joins the conversation near the end] but more basic than MNL in French. MNL should be heard in French to get the full NML experience.

Naxos actually has a better price than Amazon for this CD, so order away.

MNL’s Cesare could have been painted by Botero. With Ingrid Perruche as Cleopatra at the Opéra national de Lorraine, Nancy, 2007.

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