Silvio Rivier: My Opera Favourites - 2CD AUDIO

Silvio Rivier: My Opera Favourites - 2CD AUDIO



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Silvio Rivier is the producer/presenter of the popular travel series, Global Village, which screens weeknights at 5.30pm on SBS. One of the most popular and long-standing presenters on free-to-air television in Australia, he has chosen some of his favourite operatic moments here and provided anecdotes and informative notes on his relationship with these arias, choruses and overtures. Sivio comes from a family of musicians from the opera stage. He graduated as an opera singer in the same year SBS TV was launched. It’s through his links with opera, and by sheer serendipity, that he ended up working for SBS where he presented and subtitled seasons of opera during the network’s first decade.

His selection here includes popular favourites but also adventurously veers into music less familiar but equally enjoyable. The set provides more than two-and-a-half hours of operatic adventures, with some of the biggest names in the business – Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, Elīna Garanča, Emma Matthews, Carlo Bergonzi, Leontyne Price and others who have graced the greatest of the world’s opera stages, and of course, recordings.

‘You don’t need a university degree to appreciate or understand it,’ says Silvio. ‘Just the ability to open your heart and soul and let the music and singing sweep you away to glorious heights.’

Track Listing:

CD 1 (78’10)

1 JOHANN STRAUSS II: Die Fledermaus: Overture 7’38
2-3 VERDI: Un ballo in maschera: Teco io sto ... M’ami m’ami 9’48
4-5 VERDI: La traviata: E strano! ... Ah, fors’è lui ... Sempre libera 11’57
6 DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor: Chi mi frena in tal momento 3’40
7 DONIZETTI: La fille du régiment: Ah mes amis … Pour mon âme 6’49
8 ROSSINI: Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture 7’19
9 MOZART: Vesperae solennes de confessore KV 339: Laudate Dominum 5’10
10 MOZART: Die Zauberflöte: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön 4’34
11 PUCCINI: La bohème: Che gelida manina 4’46
12 PUCCINI: La bohème: O soave fanciulla 4’10
13 SAINT-SAËNS: Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix 6’09
14 GIUSEPPE VERDI: Nabucco: Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew slaves) 4’54

CD 2 (78’15)

1 OFFENBACH: Les contes d’Hoffmann: Hélas, mon coeur s’égare encore 5’22
2-3 THOMAS: Hamlet: Pâle et blonde… La sirène passe et vous entraîne 6’23
4 BIZET: Carmen: La fleur que tu m’avais jetée 4’14
5 DELIBES: Lakmé: Bell Song 7’49
6 MASCAGNI: Cavalleria Rusticana: Easter hymn 5’00
7 ADAM: O Holy Night 4’24
8 GIUSEPPE VERDI: Rigoletto: Bella figlia del’amore 4’29
9 DENZA: Funiculì, funiculà 2’38
10 BERNSTEIN: West Side St

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