A L E J A N D R A V I L L A R R E A L M A R T I N E Z
R e c o r d i n g s
Giuseppe Verdi - "Ah, fors'è lui / Sempre libera"
In this classic aria from La Traviata, Violetta examines the novel feeling of being truly loved for the first time in her life. It fills her with happiness and apprehension before she fully embraces the ecstasy of love.
Krzysztof Penderecki - "Crux fidelis"
from the St. Luke Passion
"Faithful cross, above all others, one and only noble tree."
Daniel Catán - "Cristóbal, es esta luz la muerte"
Florencia en el Amazonas a richly beautiful opera from Mexico, follows Florencia Grimaldi, an opera singer who is seeking to rekindle her love affair with Cristóbal, a butterfly hunter. In this aria, she wonders if she will ever find him again.
Zach Redler - "Long Distance" (Audition Cut)
A moving moment from Zach Redler and Jerre Dye's opera The Falling and the Rising, this aria introduces us to the Soldier, who reflects on motherhood after missing a call with her daughter.
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky - Iolanta's Arioso
The fact of Iolanta's blindness has been kept from her her entire life. In this arioso, she reflects on a melancholic feeling and wonders if there is something she is yet missing from her life.
Richard Strauss - "Das war sehr gut, Mandryka"
This stately aria from Arabella culminates Arabella's search for "the right man," which she has finally found in Mandryka. Full of joy and love, she agrees to marry him and leave her life of maidenhood behind.
Juan Orrego-Salas- El alba del alhelí (selections)
Chilean composer Juan Orrego-Salas recently celebrated his 100th birthday at the Jacobs School of Music. These sensual, fragrant, flower songs are taken from one of his early song cycles.
Francis Poulenc - La voix humaine
In this tender and tragic one-act opera, a woman attempts to reconnect with her former lover over the phone before committing suicide.
Gabriela Ortiz- Río Bravo
This stunning chamber music piece highlights the deadly plight of Las desaparecidas, the missing and murdered women who attempt to cross the border.
Salvador Moreno - "To huey tlahtzin Cuauhtémoc"
This art song, from the height of the Aztec Renaissance in Mexico, describes a pilgrimage to honor the fallen ruler of the Aztec Empire.