French Opera Arias / Von Stade, Pritchard, London Po
A case in point is Offenbach's "Ah! quel diner je viens de faire" from 'La Perichole.' Often referred to as the "drunk" aria, it is one of von Stade's signatures, and she slyly portrays the plastered dinner guest trying to hide the extent of her intoxication. In dramatic contrast, von Stade passionately sings of desperate love in "Dieu! Que viens-je d'entendre?" from 'Beatrice et Benedict.' She seems to thrive on the intricate orchestration of Berlioz, and her flawless French diction is a delight to the ear. This is an important disc for those interested specifically in this repertoire, and von Stade sings it better than anyone else.
Catalog Number: SMK60527
Composer: Ambroise Thomas, Charles Gounod, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Hector Berlioz, Jacques Offenbach, Jules Massenet
Conductor: John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Performer: Frederica Von Stade