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Richard Tognetti • Satu Vänskä • Australian Chamber Orchestra
"A wonderful Tatyana, among the best ever” – The Guardian (London)
“Her luminous soprano proves ideal for Bizet’s soaring lines”– The Guardian (London)
“As Marguerite, soprano Nicole Car was outstanding. Strong across her range, she displayed pealing clarity, excellent dynamic control and a strong sense of line.”– The Australian
“You’d be hard pressed anywhere to hear more consistently satisfying singing”
– Dallas Morning News
“The young singer of the moment”– Limelight Magazine
“A voice dripped in rich honey”– Herald Sun
Stunning young Australian soprano Nicole Car is one of the brightest stars in international opera. In September 2018 she will make her debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera opposite Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano, and November sees her debut at Bayerische Staatsoper. This follows hard on the heels of a Helpmann Award-winning performance as Violetta in Opera Australia’s production of Verdi’s La traviata earlier in the year. Nicole’s star status was confirmed by the huge success of her debut solo album, The Kiss, which reached #1 on the charts and was nominated for Best Classical Album at the 2016 ARIA Awards.
In April 2018, Nicole joined the ACO, one of Australia’s most daring and exciting ensembles, for a series of unique live performances featuring arias sung by some of music’s most iconic female characters – including Mozart’s Dido and Verdi’s Desdemona. The album also showcases the artistry of the orchestra, featuring Mozart’s Symphony No.27 as well as a gorgeous performance of Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra No.2 from Satu Vänskä, the ACO’s Principal Violin.
Heroines is a brilliant recording of these extraordinary concerts, capturing one of the world’s most beautiful voices blending perfectly with one of the world’s great orchestras.
“Here we present Nicole Car, a singer at the top of her game, to portray these heroines: courageous Queen Dido, wrathful Deidamia, the doomed Desdemona. These are characters who face the very depths of human expression – joy and hope, grief and despair – with resilience and strength.
Do not underestimate these women; they are resolute in their conviction, and their voices
demand to be heard.”– Richard Tognetti
HANDEL Overture and Dances from Alcina
1 I. [Grave] –
3 II. Musette: Un peu lentement
4 III.Menuet: Allegro
6 Sarabande: Adagio
10 MOZART Symphony No. 27 in G major: I. Allegro
11 MOZART Basta, vincesti ... Ah non lasciarmi, no
12 BEETHOVEN Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2
in F major
13 BEETHOVEN Ah! perfido ... Per pietà, non dirmi addio
14 VERDI Ave Maria, plena di grazia from Otello
15 PUCCINI Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums)
16 VERDI Act III Prelude from La traviata
17 MOZART Misera, dove son! ... Ah! non son io che parlo
MOZART Symphony No. 27 in G major:
18 II. Andantino grazioso
20 MOZART Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia
21 BEETHOVEN Ma tu tremi, o mio tesoro?
Nicole Car soprano
(Tracks 11, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21)
Satu Vänskä violin
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tognetti Artistic Director & Lead Violin