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ELLE

Elle is Marina Rebeka’s fourth solo album, celebrating the diversity of the female roles in some of the greatest French Opera Arias of the canon.

From a sweet recounting of the pleasures of love in Charpentier’s Louise, to the steely determination of Juliette in Gounod’s last scene, passing through the new-found piety of Thaïs, Carmen’s indomitably wild character, Chimène’s extreme sadness in Le Cid, and Marguerite’s transformation from an innocent girl in love into a woman longing for a man who will not return, these and the many more arias that fill this recording explore the emotional spectrum of the female roles in French Opera.

A perfect modern introduction to French Opera for the new listener as well as a valuable addition to the library of the connoisseur, Elle showcases the extraordinary art of Marina Rebeka, one of the most complete sopranos of our times, with not only a unique vocal prowess and range but with unusually deep interpretative powers, making each aria come to life in a new way.

Elle is a studio recording featuring the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen (Switzerland) conducted by Michael Balke.

Marina Rebeka, soprano
Michael Balke, conductor
Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Switzerland

Producers: Mathieu Pordoy and Marina Rebeka
Executive Producers: Edgardo Vertanessian and Marina Rebeka
Recording, Editing, Mixing, and Mastering: Edgardo Vertanessian Recording Assistant: Micha Surber

Location: Tonhalle St. Gallen, Switzerland
Artwork design: Andrew Vlasov / Booklet design: Matīss Zvaigzne
Photography: Marina Rebeka (Tatyana Vlasova) / Michael Balke (Kartal Karagedik)

Proper Music Group Distribution
Contact Ruth Knowles-Clark
[email protected]
www.propermusicgroup.com
CD UPC: 850000325074

The Orchard Distribution
Contact Sam Fruner
[email protected]
www.theorchard.com

Digital Release UPC: 850000325081
CD UPC under Proper Music Group Distribution, and Digital UPC under The Orchard Distribution
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Une voix ductile au timbre à la fois pur et azuré, une justesse d’interprétation sans faille (le français est parfaitement intelligible, ce qui constitue en soi un exploit) : Marina Rebeka campe chaque rôle avec une attention souveraine aux mots et aux fluctuations du sens.

Le Monde

"Tout se joue ici selon sa faculté à nuancer, à phraser et à colorer chaque intonation du texte, riche en connotations liées à la situation dramatique et psychologique de chaque séquence. Reconnaissons l’autorité franche avec laquelle la diva sait incarner, sachant aussi canaliser son formidable instrument. (...) Bravissima Rebeka!"

Classique News

"Few singers tackle Bizet's mezzoish Carmen and the high coloratura pyrotechnics of Leïla in his early opera 'The Pearl Fishers', but the Latvian singer is nothing if not versatile. She brings a formidable dramatic attack, reminiscent of Callas or Régine Crespin, to Massenet's Salome and Chimene (in 'Le Cid'), and sensual lyricism to his Thaïs (...)"

The Sunday Times

"A radiant, secure and warm high register, a strong, full depth: not many sopranos have such a rich voice with such rare luminosity as Marina Rebeka. At the same time, her excellent technique is inextricably linked to the depth of expression and soulful intensity of the performance. (…) The radiant voice and the wide range of colours are beautiful, with that degree of truthfulness that makes her performances generally so phenomenal."

Pizzicato

"Come emerge anche nell’album, la Rebeka è in possesso di uno strumento vocale avvolgente e tornito (oltre che voluminoso, stando all’ascolto in teatro), dal timbro cremoso ed emesso complessivamente con morbidezza; se il registro medio-grave è quasi sempre ben appoggiato, gli acuti risuonano corposi, sonori e a fuoco, i sovracuti ghermiti e taglienti. La dizione è precisa e rifinita, il fraseggio scolpito nella pietra con enfasi e nitidezza..."

Conessi al Opera

"È un soprano assoluto per la sua emissione perfetta, le sue abilità tecniche, l’estensione della sua voce, le sue capacità di adattarsi a ruoli diversi – da quelli che richiedono la coloratura lirica a quelli inizialmente scritti per un mezzo soprano."

Il Sussidiario

"Il y a dans le timbre de Marina Rebeka, dans la couleur bleutée de sa voix, une pureté et un tranchant qui évoquent des fjords enneigés. (...) Etonnante aussi l’égalité des registres et l’étendue de la tessiture comme une invitation à parcourir dans ses extrémités la carte du soprano, de Carmen à Juliette en ses notes les plus stratosphériques – la valse."

Forum Opera

"She has an impressive range – from a rich mezzo-soprano tone to some magnificent high notes – and the depth and variety of her interpretations come across forcefully (…) …close your eyes and listen to Marina Rebeka’s gorgeous voice, and you might just find yourself transported away from the confines of your home for an hour of scintillating French music."

Paris Update

Cette exploration du répertoire a de quoi envoûter. (...) le charme opère grâce à la voix douce et chaleureuse de l’artiste. La justesse de l’interprétation épouse avec une facilité déconcertante l’articulation du texte. Qu’il est agréable et heureux de comprendre chaque mot où chaque syllabe semble être le fruit d’une analyse approfondie. (...) Marina Rebeka se révèle grande architecte dans le récitatif alors que, pour chacun des airs, elle adopte une attitude qui embrasse le caractère de chaque personnage sans en forcer les états d’âmes.