Magazine article Opera Canada

The Final Take: Music Nathalie Paulin Can't Live Without

Magazine article Opera Canada

The Final Take: Music Nathalie Paulin Can't Live Without

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After a busy year that has taken her to Washington and New York (for Opera Lafayette's presentation of Gluck's Armide), Ottawa (Massenet's Manon for Opera Lyra Opera), Rotterdam (Poulenc's La voix humaine and Debussy's L'enfant prodigue conducted by friendYannick Nezet-Seguin), Hamilton (Susannah in Opera Hamilton's Le nozze di Figaro) and Victoria (Handel's Rodelinda for Pacific Opera Victoria), soprano Nathalie Paulin might be excused for taking an operatic deep breath. After Messiahs with Oregon Symphony in December, she has more recital work in view. She performs Boccherini's Stabat Mater with Quatuor Franz Joseph (Feb. 11) in Montreal, then joins soprano Krizstina Szabo and baritone Benjamin Covey for a recital with Toronto's Aldeburgh Connection Mar. 6, followed by another with soprano Monica Whicher in University of Toronto's Faculty Artist Series Mar. 21 (Paulin teaches French diction at U of T.) In April, she's back to opera in Boston Baroque's presentation of Rameau's rarely performed Les indes galantes, before further summer concerts in Quebec City and then a semi-staged production of Marschner's Der Vampyr at Festival de Lanaudiere. Looking further ahead, Paulin is keen to explore new repertoire. In opera that means, for example, the title role in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette (already in view for 2012/13) and even Puccini's Musetta or Mimi or Leoncavallo's Nedda. "I'm not ready to give up my Baroque and classical repertoire, of course," she says, "but I think my voice is now ready to give these roles a try."

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Music Nathalie Paulin can't live without

FRAUENLIEBE UND LEBEN

Schumann

Von Otter, Forsberg

DGG: 445-881

Von Otter is my favorite interpreter of art songs and Lieder. I will never tire of what remains one of my favorite interpretations of this song cycle.

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PELLEAS ET MELISANDE

Debussy

Soderstrom/Shirley/Boulez

Sony: 7527222

This is the first recording I purchased as a student, and it's my favorite opera. I never dared dream then that I would perform it one day, but I have, in Montreal and Vancouver. I also covered the role with the Boston Symphony and the late Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson. This recording helped me grow as an artist when I was so green.

MANON

Massenet

Gheorghiu/Alagna/Pappano

EMI Classics: 818424

I love performing "N'est-ce plus ma main," the big scene at the end of Act III. …

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