Regina Resnik

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For those who like their mezzo sopranos intelligent and passionate with a virtuoso technique, a melting tone, a firm top, a strong middle, and a solid bottom, here's American mezzo Regina Resnik in a collection of most of her best-known roles. She makes a feisty and frisky Carmen; a sweet and sexy Verdi's heroine; a very convincing man as Orlovsky in Strauss' Die Fledermaus; a slightly sensous Zo-Zo in Léhar's Merry Widow; a big, bad broad as Lalume in Kismet; a heartrending Tchaikovsky heroine in Pique Dame and Maid of Orleans; a restrained and constrained Brangane in Tristan und Isolde; a monstrously furious Fricka in Die Walküre; and a monstrously decadent Clyamnestra in Elektra. Although recorded between 1960 and 1977, Decca's sound is uniformly warm and round. And although the accompanists range from Mantovani to von Karajan, they all seem uniformly dedicated to making Resnik sound good.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Carmen, opera
1
3:39 Amazon
2
2:02 Amazon
3
4:33 Amazon
4
3:18 Amazon
5
5:20 Amazon
6
3:36 Amazon
Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47
7 5:38 Amazon
Un ballo in maschera, opera
8 6:05 Amazon
Il Trovatore, opera
9 4:48 Amazon
Don Carlo, opera
10 4:42 Amazon
Falstaff, opera
11 6:38 Amazon
Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503)
12
2:59 Amazon
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta
13 3:11 Amazon
Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin)
14 3:08 Amazon
15 4:33 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), opera, Op. 68
1
1:02 Amazon
2 2:34 Amazon
3
4:19 Amazon
4 1:53 Amazon
5 3:46 Amazon
6
1:41 Amazon
The Maid of Orléans (Jeanne d'Arc), opera
7 7:09 Amazon
Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90
8
6:04 Amazon
9
6:22 Amazon
10
2:43 Amazon
Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b
11
5:20 Amazon
Elektra, opera, Op. 58 (TrV 223)
12
2:49 Amazon
13
2:35 Amazon
14
4:47 Amazon
15
6:10 Amazon
16
4:54 Amazon
17
4:24 Amazon
18
2:01 Amazon
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