Ermonela Jaho soprano
Charles Castronovo tenor
Orchestre national d’Ile-de-France
Marco Zambelli direction
Les Grandes Voix
Who better to play these passionate Romantic heroes than our finest young, good-looking contemporary singers?
Massenet Phèdre, overture
«Qu’il est loin mon pays», «Pendant un an je fus ta femme» (Sapho)
«Traduire... Pourquoi me réveiller» (Werther)
«Ah ! Je suis seule enfin... Dis moi que je suis belle» (Thaïs)
Méditation, orchestral piece (Thaïs)
Mascagni Intermezzo, Guglielmo Ratcliff
Cilea «Io son l’umile ancella» (Adriana Lecouvreur)
Mascagni «Ed anche Beppe amo» (L’Amico Fritz)
Puccini «Sola, perduta, abbandonata» (Manon Lescau
Cilea «E la solita storia del pastore» (L’Arlesiana)
Puccini Intermezzo, Manon Lescaut
La Rondine, final scene
Last season, they played Rodolfo and Mimi in La Bohème for their Covent Garden debut. For this first joint recital in Paris, Charles Castronovo and Ermonela Jaho have chosen to perform arias and duets from French and Italian operas.
Castronovo is acclaimed worldwide as one of the most interesting young tenors working today. His rounded, warm tone, light, engaging voice and handsome leading man looks have earned him praise on major international stages including Covent Garden, opera houses in Vienna, Berlin, Paris and Munich, and the Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence festivals alongside Angela Gheorghiu, Anna Netrebko and Joyce DiDonato. Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho has a rich voice, capable of producing the very slightest of dramatic nuances without compromising quality or control. With her superb vocal line, heart-rending pianis in delicate high notes and a vibrant colour and energy, she sets the stage alight with every performance! Her heroines - Violetta, Manon, Mimi, Cio Cio San, Giulietta, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda -
have brought her acclaim at La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, at opera houses in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Geneva and Munich, in the Verona arena, and most recently right here in the role of Julia in La Vestale.