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Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna

Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, Antonio Figueroa, Richard Morrison, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

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Prima Donna: Act I  
1
Overture
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
6:07
2
Scene 1: "Oh, Madame Saint Laurent!"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Kathryn Guthrie; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
3:01
3
Scene 2: Aria "J'ai rêvé toute la nuit"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
2:59
4
Scene 3: "Merci. Asseyez-vous"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Kathryn Guthrie; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
1:38
5
Scene 4: "Ah! Les soucis!"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Kathryn Guthrie; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
1:10
6
Scene 5: "Aliénor, quelle femme merveilleuse"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
1:50
7
Scene 6: "Mais non, Madame"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Kathryn Guthrie; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
2:51
8
Scene 7: "Mais que se passe-t-il donc"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Kathryn Guthrie; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
1:59
9
Scene 8: "À l'époque, François"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
2:15
10
Scene 9: "Cet appartement"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
1:32
11
Scene 10: "Mon Dieu qu'il est laid!"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
2:06
12
Scene 11: "À ton âge, François"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
2:42
13
Scene 12: "Voici le journaliste!"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Antonio Figueroa; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
2:24
14
Scene 13: "Bonjour, Madame Saint Laurent"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Antonio Figueroa; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
2:14
15
Scene 14: "Quand j'étais jeune étudiant"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Antonio Figueroa; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
3:10
16
Scene 15: "Madame Saint Laurent"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Antonio Figueroa; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
1:15
17
Scene 16: "La première..."
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Kathryn Guthrie; Antonio Figueroa; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
2:32
18
Scene 17: "Régine, quelle majesté"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Antonio Figueroa; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
3:14
19
Scene 18: Aria "Abandonne, pose ta couronne"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Antonio Figueroa; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
3:05
20
Scene 19: "Charmant, tout à fait"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Antonio Figueroa; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
2:10
21
Scene 20: "Oh, ma voix!"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Kathryn Guthrie; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
0:59
22
Scene 21: "Oh, ma douleur!"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Kathryn Guthrie; Antonio Figueroa; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
5:17
23
"Revenez donc ce soir" - Scene 22: Interlude
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Antonio Figueroa; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
1:55
24
Scene 23: The Kiss
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
1:13
Prima Donna: Act II  
25
Overture
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
3:30
26
Scene 1: Song "Dans mon pays de Picardie"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Kathryn Guthrie; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
5:04
27
Scene 2: "Excusez-moi, Monsieur Philippe"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Kathryn Guthrie; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
4:09
28
Scene 3: Vocalises
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
2:53
29
Scene 4: "Et maintenant, Aliénor, à nous deux"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
1:08
30
Aria "Quand j'étais jeune étudiante"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
5:43
31
Scene 5: Duet "Dans ce jardin"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Antonio Figueroa; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
9:54
32
Scene 6: Meditation
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
6:11
33
Scene 7: "C'est impossible!"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Kathryn Guthrie; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
4:02
34
Scene 8: "Maintenant, il est temps"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Kathryn Guthrie; Antonio Figueroa; Richard Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
3:31
35
Scene 9: "Je suis heureuse"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; Kathryn Guthrie; Antonio Figueroa; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
3:48
36
Scene 10: Aria "Prenez-le donc"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
6:10
37
Scene 11: Final Interlude
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
5:13
38
Scene 12: Brief Fireworks Music (Percussion) - Aria "Les feux d'artifice"
Rufus Wainwright; Bernadette Colomine; Janis Kelly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jayce Ogren
6:56
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:07:50
This recording of Rufus Wainwright's debut opera Prima Donna features the BBC Symphony Orchestra and several acclaimed soloists, led by rising young star conductor Jayce Ogren. The two act opera takes place on a day in the life of a great diva who is deciding whether or not to continue her career. With Paris as a backdrop, the opera both borrows from operatic myth and legend as well as Wainwright's own very contemporary personal experiences as a singer. Themes of loss, fear, hope and ultimately acceptance are deeply explored by both the soloists and the orchestra.

"Prima Donna was written and performed during the most dramatic period of my life to date and considering my life, that’s pretty dramatic! New arrivals, death, terrible defeat and glorious triumph line the tale of this work both on stage and off, a tale that is still unfolding and that I would both like you to know and even more importantly, be a part of."
- Rufus Wainwright
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – DG Studio Masters

Recording: London, Maida Vale (BBC) Studio 1, January 2015
Producer: Andrew Keener
Recording Engineer: Susan Thomas
Assistant Engineers: Christopher Rouse, Robert Winter
Editing and Mixing: Phil Rowlands
Additional Mixing: James Clarke
Assistant Conductor: Susanna Stranders
French Language Coach: Aurore Lacabe
Executive Producers: Jörn Weisbrodt, Teddy Wainwright
Artist Management: Paula Quijano, Little Empire Music Executive Producer DG: Renaud Loranger
Project Manager DG: Anna-Lena Rodewald
Produced in association with BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Chief Producer, BBC Symphony Orchestra: Ann McKay
General Manager, BBC Symphony Orchestra: Paul Hughes
Concert Master: Kreeta-Julia Heikkila
Principal Cellist: Graham Bradshaw
Publishers: Jardin Cour Musique (ASCAP) and Warner Bros. Music Corp. (ASCAP). All rights administered by Warner Bros. Music Corp. (ASCAP). Dramatic rights and hire materials represented by Schott Music Corp., New York (ASCAP)
Booklet Editor: Manuela Amadei
Cover Image: Cindy as Régine, 2015, painting by Delia Brown after an idea of Rufus Wainwright; Photo © Joshua White/JWPictures.com
Photos: © Howard Barlow (p. 2); _ Tristram Kenton (p. 6); © benoconnorfilm.com (p. 18); © Eva Vermandel (p. 20)
Design: Fred Münzmaier

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