Great Australian Voices - June Bronhill [3CD]

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Australia's last great star of the operetta stage captured in never-before commercially released excerpts from her operatic triumphs. The recordings on this three CD compilation span 43 years (1951-1994) and are housed in our usual stylish book format complete with a 48 page booklet brimming with rare photos, reminiscences from her colleagues and a scholarly biography.

 Also included are excerpts from the Australian Casts of Robert and Elizabeth, The Merry Widow, Orpheus in the Underworld, concerts with Donald Smith, an audition at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and an aria from Lucia di Lammermoor! Rare moments from early television broadcasts both in Australia and the UK. Bronhill's performances in the Heats and Finals of the 1951 Mobil Quest, scenes of her beautiful Gilda in Rigoletto and unbelievable performance in the title role of Donizetti's Mary Stuart; not to mention her early operatic roles for Sadler's Wells Opera.

 Joining June Bronhill on various tracks are Rowland Jones, Ronald Maconaghie, Russell Smith, Dennis Dowling, Virginia Copeland, Janet Howell, Noel Mangin, Margaret Haggart, Justin Lavender, James Malcolm, Nance Grant, John Shaw, Aleander Oliver, Lyndon Terracini, Graeme Ewer, Alan Light, Kevin Miller, Jon Weaving, Denis Quilley, Harry Secombe, Geoffrey Chard, Donald Smith and Yusef Kayrooz. This is a musical cornucopia from the most well-loved Australian star.

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 Disc One

1. I’ll rouse him from his anguish Martha (Flotow)
2. The last Rose of Summer Martha (Flotow)
3. A constant voice Martha (Flotow)
4. Norina’s aria Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
5. I’ll play my part Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
6. Signorina ...and why the hurry? Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
7. Why must you be defiant? La serva padrona (Pergolesi)
8. Your Serpina, do remember La serva padrona (Pergolesi)
9. Hello, Hello The Telephone (Menotti)
10. Hello, this is Lucy. It all began on a Sunday The Telephone (Menotti)
11. Annina, I’ve something to confess to you The Saint of Bleeker Street (Menotti)
12. Look at me, for three years I couldn’t walk The Saint of Bleeker Street (Menotti)
13. With tenderness and coaxing The Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart)
14. Oh how lovely, oh how gay The Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart)
15. I’m going but take my advice The Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart)
16. Here’s what I have to say The Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart)

Disc Two

1. You murmuring breezes that round me are flying Mary Stuart (Donizetti)
2. Report has not failed me. She’s proud and imperious Mary Stuart (Donizetti)
3. Oh, deign to hear our prayer, merciful Saviour Mary Stuart (Donizetti)
4. Gualtier Maldè!...Caro nome Rigoletto (Verdi)
5. Tutte le feste al tempio.... Sì! Vendetta, tremenda vendetta! Rigoletto (Verdi)
6. V'ho ingannato Rigoletto (Verdi)
7. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta La rondine (Puccini)
8. None shall part us Iolanthe (Sullivan)
9. In Friendship’s name Iolanthe (Sullivan)
10. Violin Concerto duet Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach)
11. The Hours creep on apace HMS Pinafore (Sullivan)
12. Proceed... One girl has almond eyes The Merry Widow (Lehar)
13. Vilja & encore The Merry Widow (Lehar)

 Disc Three

1. List to the voice of youth Manon (Massenet) & Bird Songs at Eventide (Coates)
2. There’s a voice within my heart The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
3. Chacun le sai, chacun le dit La figlia del reggimento (Donizetti)
4. I know now Robert and Elizabeth (Grainer)
5. Soliloquy Robert and Elizabeth (Grainer)
6. The World Outside Robert and Elizabeth (Grainer)
7. Woman and Man Robert and Elizabeth (Grainer)
8. Jewel song Faust (Gounod)
9. Libiamo ne' lieti calici La traviata (Verdi)
10. Regnava nel silenzio Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
11. The Sun whose rays The Mikado (Sullivan)
12. Bess, you is my woman now Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
13. Lovely maid in the moonlight La bohème (Puccini)
14. Ah fors’e lui.....Sempre libera La traviata (Verdi)
15. Addio, speranza ed anima Rigoletto (Verdi)
16. Love, I surrender to your mystery The Land of Smiles (Lehar)
17. Saper vorreste Un ballo in maschera (Verdi)
18. Fly home, little heart King’s Rhapsody (Novello)
19. Softly, as in a morning sunrise The New Moon (Romberg)
20. I’ll have so much to say La vie parisienne (Offenbach)
21. At the End of the Day (O'Keefe)

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