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Gounod | Massenet | Bizet | Franck | Saint-Saëns

Michèle Losier, mezzo-soprano
Olivier Godin, piano

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• Critically acclaimed for her rich voice and masterful musicality, French-Canadian mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier presents her first solo recital on the ATMA Classique label.   “I was pregnant with my first child when I chose the songs for this recording.   I felt simultaneously calm and overjoyed.   I particularly remember the impression the lullaby Dors ami made on me; it deeply moved my maternal heart,” she says.   Pianist Olivier Godin accompanies Losier in a program of French melodies by Gounod, Massenet, Franck, Bizet and Saint-SaŽns.

• Michèle Losier has distinguished herself in many opera roles including Ascanio (Benvenuto Cellini) at the Dutch National Opera, Medea (Charpentier) at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Lille Opera, Prince Charmant (Cendrillon) at Opéra-Comique, Nicklausse (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) at Teatre del Liceu and in Tokyo, Charlotte (Werther) at Opéra de Montréal and in Sydney, Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito) at Wiener Staatsoper and Théâtre royal de la Monnaie, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) at San Francisco Opera, Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) at the Royal Opera House and at the Salzburg Festival, and Siebel (Faust) at the Metropolitan Opera.

• In concert, Losierís repertoire includes the major works from Berlioz, Beethoven, Mahler and Ravel.   Michèle regularly performs in recitals, where she demonstrates her fondness for French music.   She has recorded Gounodís La Colombe with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC symphony, and Duparc's Mélodies with pianist Daniel Blumenthal.

Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
  1. O ma belle rebelle
  2. Le Banc de pierre
  3. Chanson de printemps
  4. Ma belle amie est morte « Lamento »
  5. Prière
  6. Où voulez-vous aller

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
  7. A la trépassée
  8. Un adieu
  9. Dors, ami
11. Élégie

César Frank (1822-1890)
12. Le Mariage des roses
13. Nocturne
14. S'il est un charmant gazon
15. Lied
16. La Procession

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
17. Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe
18. AprŤs l'hiver
19. Absence
20. La coccinelle.

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
21. Le vent dans la plaine
22. Si vous n'avez rien à me dire
23. L'attente
24. Chanson triste
25. Temps nouveau

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