(Photo: Pavel Antonov)
American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky is having a stellar 2010. With a big, solid voice and and effortless technique, she's one of the best sopranos rocking 19th century Italian opera today, scoring bulletproof reviews from every venue she visits. She just finished a North American tour with BF4E&E [opera's silver fox], Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky and her debut solo recording is about to drop.
Singing arias from Il trovatore, Un ballo in maschera, Il corsaro, La forza, Ernani, Aida, and I vespri siciliani, Sondra sings with the Philharmonia of Russia led by Constantine Orbelian. Titled "Verdi Arias", it'll be in stores on April 27th (although it's available today on iTunes and pre-order on Amazon).
One of her signature roles is Trovatore's Leonora and her new CD has both D'amor sull'ali rosee and Tacea la notte placida -- the latter a tender retelling full of heartache, one of the most beautiful arias that Verdi wrote for soprano, which requires bulletproof technique and a deep interpretation, all which Sondra brings.
Free download after the jump!
OC's so in love with the track from Verdi Arias, she's gifting a download of the mp3. Use it don't abuse it!
(update: link disabled as of Thursday, February 17, 2011)