Margison-Sings-Verdi
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March 01, 2002

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Composer: Verdi Conductor: Richard Bradshaw CD: SMCD 5213

Margison Sings Verdi

Joining Margison is conductor RICHARD BRADSHAW and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. Along with a featured performance from the rising young baritone JAMES WESTMAN, this wonderful cast takes the listener on an emotional rollercoaster that is an artistic triumph. Margison performances shine whether as the love-struck lover Rodolfo in Luisa Miller or the tortured lover Alvaro in La forza del destino; or as the falsely-accused Jacopo Foscari from the opera I due foscari where Jacopo sings of his innocence. From Verdi's Don Carlo, James Westman as Rodrigo and Margison as Don Carlo sing a stirring duet swearing their eternal friendship. An absolute highlight is the very last track in the CD, as Margison performs the role of Manrico from Il Trovatore. It begins with the moving aria from Act III, Ah si, ben mio, coll'essere (Ah yes, my love, when I am yours), where Manrico sings of his love for Lenora, an idyllic scene soon shattered when news arrives of Manrico's mother being sentenced to death at the stake. In Di quella pira l'orrendo foco (The horrible blaze of that pyre) Margison, conductor and orchestra deliver an extraordinary finale sure to send thrills up the listeners' spine.

Richard Margison, tenor
James Westman, baritone