O’Regan: The Phoenix

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Tarik O'Regan
Release Date: 16-10-2020
PTC: 5186857
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Tarik O'Regan

The Phoenix

Act I

2) 2. Recitativo a parte: E tu questa, la chiami un' ouvertura? 3:51
4) 4. Coro con recitativo a parte: Omnipotens sempiterne Deus 5:14
8) 8. Recitativo secco e a parte: Angela, carissima! 1:19
10) 10. Duetto: I dreamed of a life of the mind 3:53
11) 11. Recitativo secco: Casanova, the very man! 1:23
12) 12. Aria con recitativo a parte: We live as we can 1:59
14) 14. Recitativo secco: Serenissima? Not for much longer 0:21
15) 15. Quartetto con recitativo a parte: This year, in Philadelphia 3:10
16) 16. Coro inquisizione: Te, Laurentio Da Ponte 1:10
17) 17. Recitativo a parte: Mutazione! (Venice) 1:15
18) 18. Aria: The Phoenix burns to be reborn 1:12
19) 19. Fuga imperiale: Here, at the heart of the Holy Roman Empire 1:58
20) 20a. Recitativo secco: Is it true, what they say? 1:09
21) 20b. Aria interrotta: Di gemme e di stelle 0:27
22) 21. Aria: I feed my composers exquisite language 1:31
23) 22. Recitativo secco e a parte: Da Ponte, mio caro 1:05
24) 23. Duettino: Give me your hand, dear Abbe 1:46
28) 27. Trio con recitativo a parte: How am I doing? 3:52
31) 30. Duetto: Happy the men who can think what they want 1:47
32) 31. Trenodia e sestetto con coro e recitativo a parte: Man, that is born of a woman 5:26
33) 32. Recitativo a parte: Mutazione! (London) 3:04
34) 33. Aria narrativa: Signore e signori, the story moves on 1:02
36) 35. Recitativo secco: What is it, my love? 0:52
38) 37. Finale (duetto con recitativo a parte e coro): I'm fifty-five and I am old 3:34

Act II

42) 41. Recitativo accompagnato: How did we do today? 1:15
43) 42. Recitativo accompagnato e a parte: That's just how it was 0:36
45) 44. Recitativo a parte: Li fai sembrare cosi felici insieme 0:34
46) 45. Recitativo accompagnato: Signor Riley! 0:23
48) 47. Recitativo accompagnato e a parte: I speak only of the best! 1:19
49) 48. Coro accademico: Quale cappello e nero? 1:58
54) 53. Recitativo accompagnato: Devo andar via di qui! 1:19
56) 55. Trio con bambini accompagnato e a parte: Susquehanna (reprise) 4:00
57) 56. Recitativo accompagnato: La Vita di Benvenuto Cellini 1:46
58) 57. Aria ricordato: The Phoenix burns to be reborn 1:10
59) 58. Recitativo accompagnato: But, darling, the money 2:17
60) 59. Coro di cittadinanza: I declare, so help me God 3:10
61) 60. Duetto: And then we held the Stars and Stripes 4:40
62) 61. Coro e recitativo accompagnato: Man, that is born of a woman 3:37
63) 62. Finale (aria e sestetto con coro): Addio fedeli amici 4:49
65) 64. Recitativo a parte: Ma com' e andata? 5:03
Total Tracks 65
Total Duration 02hr 24min

Album information

PENTATONE continues its American Opera Series with Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere recording of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix (2019), an opera on the life of Lorenzo da Ponte, Mozart’s favorite librettist. Da Ponte (1749-1838) was an adventurer, who not only travelled the world, but in a way also through time, living across what seem to be impossible moments of history that never should have aligned in somebody’s life. Together with librettist John Caird, O’Regan has designed The Phoenix as an opera within an opera, exploring Da Ponte’s life in the US, and as such providing a fascinating perspective on America as a nation of immigrants. The young and elder Da Ponte are created by Luca Pisaroni and Thomas Hampson, respectively. Music director Patrick Summers conducts the Houston Grand Opera.

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