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Complete with translations and guidance on pronunciation. 'As every singer and lover of French opera knows, editions of even the best-known French operatic arias are difficult – and sometimes expensive – to obtain. Roger Nichols' scrupulously balanced selection of 19th-century French arias provides the perfect starting point for widerexploration. Nichols, who has championed French music in his writings, talks and radiobroadcasts over three decades with eloquence and scholarship, is the ideal guide to this repertoire which, even today, is often neglected, misunderstood or inadequately performed.

Contents: Auber:Quel bonheur, je respire (Fra Diavolo);Berlioz:Entre l’amour (Benvenuto Cellini); Bizet:Comme autrefois (Les pêcheurs de perles); Delibes: Où va la jeune Indoue (Lakmé); Gounod: Ah! Je ris de me voir (Faust); Gounod: Il était un roi (Faust); Gounod : Ô légère hirondelle (Mireille); Gounod: Je veux vivre (Roméo et Juliette); Lalo:Lorsque je t’ai vu (Le roi d’Ys);Massenet: Pleurez, mes yeux! (Le Cid);Massenet: Obéissons (Manon);Massenet: Adieu, notre petite table (Manon); Massenet: Dis-moi que je suis belle (Thaïs); Meyerbeer:Parmi les pleurs (Les Huguenots); Offenbach: Les oiseaux dans la charmille (Les contes d’Hoffmann); Offenbach: Elle a fui (Les contes d’Hoffmann); Rossini: Sombre forêt (Guillaume Tell); Thomas: Je suis Titania (Mignon);Verdi: Toi qui sus le néant (Don Carlos)

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