Magazine article Opera Canada

Yo Soy Maria

Magazine article Opera Canada

Yo Soy Maria

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MARIE-JOSEE LORD

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Like her fellow Quebecker, the tenor Marc Hervieux, Montreal soprano Marie-Josee Lord moves easily between classical and popular music. Following her operatic debut CD, this new one explores Latin music in an attractive program that includes music from both the old and new worlds--from fado, tango and bolero to the familiar hummed aria from Villa Lobos's Bachi-anas brasil-eiras No 5 and the affecting Aranjuez, mon amour, set to the melody of the adagio from Rodrigo's Conderto de Aranjuez. The CD's accompanying booklet notes that Lord likes to 'infuse opera into every project, and always to respect classical technique." She's largely very successful doing that here, bringing a great deal of color and variety to her singing without allowing her classically trained instrument to overpower the material.

The arrangements are by the project's music director, Simon Leclerc, another classically trained Quebec musician who has built a career moving between genres. They're mostly very appropriate, discreetly scored for small ensemble, but with enough variety and contrasts to give each number an individual flavor and appeal. I particularly liked Aranjuez, mon amour, which seems to owe a lot to Miles Davis's celebrated interpretation of the Rodrigo in Sketches of Spain with Lord supplying the wistful trumpet part after a saxophone introduction. …

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