Michael Spyres: Espoir

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The debut solo recital album from acclaimed American tenor Michael Spyres. This album includes arias in French and Italian by Donizetti, Berlioz, Verdi and Rossini, as well as duets with Joyce El-Khoury, whose debut recital recording will be released alongside Michael’s.

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  1. Venise, ô ma patrie Rossini, G Buy Track 0:40
  2. Dopo i lauri di vittoria Donizetti, G Buy Track 0:40
  3. Dans ces lieux Halevy, F Buy Track 0:40
  4. L’infamie! prenez ma vie! Verdi, G Buy Track 0:40
  5. Tu seras donc pour moi Halevy, F Buy Track 0:40
  6. Seul sur la terre Donizetti, G Buy Track 0:40
  7. Ils s’éloignent, je reste Auber, D Buy Track 0:40
  8. Seul pour lutter Berlioz, H Buy Track 0:40
  9. La maîtresse du Roi... Donizetti, G Buy Track 0:40
  10. De mes aïeux ombres sacrées Halevy, F Buy Track 0:40
  11. Tombe degli avi miei Donizetti, G Buy Track 0:40

Description

The debut solo recital album from acclaimed American tenor Michael Spyres. Featuring Joyce El-Khoury with Conductor Carlo Rizzi and The Hallé.

Opera Rara will release two discs of arias – titled Espoir & Écho – recorded with Michael Spyres and Joyce El-Khoury. Brought to life by the same singers in a one-off concert performance on Bastille Day – Friday 14 July – at London’s Cadogan Hall, the two discs feature a selection of mainly French arias made famous by two leading figures of the 19th century French and Italian operatic scene: Gilbert Duprez and Julie Dorus-Gras.

Marking the company’s return to producing artist collections, the two discs were recorded in February with the Hallé and Carlo Rizzi – both of whom will also perform on 14 July – and were curated by Opera Rara’s Repertoire Consultant Roger Parker. With the aim of introducing listeners to forgotten music written by well-known composers including Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi and Berlioz, as well as lesser-known names such as Auber, Halévy and Hérold, over half of the arias recorded were given their world premières by Duprez and Dorus-Gras. While released as solo discs, both Michael and Joyce will also duet on each other’s recordings.

Hailing from Mansfield, Missouri, Michael Sypres originally set out to pursue a career in musicals before singing opera. He comes from a family of musicians who run an opera company in Springfield MO, and after studying in the US, travelled to Europe to complete his studies in Vienna. He has rapidly established a formidable reputation for his sensitive singing and astonishing vocal range, with leading roles a the Royal Opera House Coven Garden, Lyric Theatre Chicago, Opéra de Paris and Aix-en-Provence Festival. In 2017, he appeared as Don José in Carmen in Paris and sang Enée, opposite Joyce DiDonato in Berlioz’s Les Troyens in Strasbourg.

Michael starred on the Opera Rara recording of Donizetti’s Les Martyrs, which received a string of awards including Opera Recording of the Year at the International Opera Awards in 2016. He returned to Opera Rara to record Le Duc d’Albe and now we are thrilled to release his debut solo recital album, featuring 19th century repertoire synonymous with the tenor-of-his-day, Gilbert-Louis Duprez. Espoir includes arias in French and Italian by Donizetti, Berlioz, Verdi and Rossini, as well as duets with Joyce El-Khoury, whose debut recital recording will be released alongside Michael’s.

 

Cast

Michael Spyres (Tenor) Joyce El-Khoury (Soprano) Carlo Rizzi (Conductor) The Hallé

Tracklist

1 Rossini, Othello, ‘Venise, ô ma patrie’ 6’00

2 Donizetti, Rosmonda d’Inghilterra, ‘Dopo i lauri di vittoria’ 4’30

3 Halévy, Guido et Ginévra, ‘Dans ces lieux’ 9’06

4 Verdi, Jérusalem, ‘L’infamie! prenez ma vie!’ 3’59

5 Halévy, Guido et Ginévra, ‘Tu seras donc pour moi’* 12’15

6 Donizetti, Dom Sébastien, ‘Seul sur la terre’ 5’11

7 Auber, Le Lac des fées, ‘Ils s’éloignent! je reste’ 6’26

8 Berlioz, Benvenuto Cellini, ‘Seul pour lutter’ 8’35

9 Donizetti, La Favorite, ‘La maîtresse du Roi…’ 4’46

10 Halévy, La Reine de Chypre, ‘De mes aïeux ombres sacrées’ 6’45

11 Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor, ‘Tombe degli avi miei’ 9’40

English

The debut solo recital album from acclaimed American tenor Michael Spyres. This album includes arias in French and Italian by Donizetti, Berlioz, Verdi and Rossini, as well as duets with Joyce El-Khoury, whose debut recital recording will be released alongside Michael’s.

German

Das Debüt Solo Recital Album von gefeierten amerikanischen Tenor Michael Spyres. Dieses Album enthält Arien in Französisch und Italienisch von Donizetti, Berlioz, Verdi und Rossini, sowie Duette mit Joyce El-Khoury, deren Debüt-Recital-Aufnahme wird neben Michael’s veröffentlicht werden.

Italian

L’album debuttante di recital solo da acclamato tenore americano Michael Spyres. Questo album comprende le arie in francese e in italiano di Donizetti, Berlioz, Verdi e Rossini, oltre ai duetti con Joyce El-Khoury, la cui recital debuttante sarà registrata a fianco di Michael.

French

Le premier album de récital solo du tenor américain Michael Spyres. Cet album comprend des arias en français et en italien par Donizetti, Berlioz, Verdi et Rossini, ainsi que des duos avec Joyce El-Khoury, dont le premier album de récital sera diffusé aux côtés de Michael’s.