Mozart Arias II Regula Mühlemann & Kammerorchester Basel
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- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791):
- 1Idomeneo, K. 366, Act III: Solitudini amiche.Zeffiretti lusinghieri (Ilia)07:27
- 2Le nozze die Figaro, K. 492, Act IV: Giunse alfin il momento... Deh vieni non tardar (Susanna)04:18
- 3Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act II: In un Istante... Parto, m'affretto (Giunia)07:12
- 4Il re pastore, K. 208, Act II: L'amerò, sarò costante (Aminta)07:06
- 5Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act II: Ach, ich fühl's (Pamina)03:51
- 6Zaide, K. 344, Act I: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (Zaide)05:57
- 7Un moto di gioia mi sento, K. 57903:48
- 8La Finta semplice, K. 51: Amoretti (Rosina)04:33
- 9Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle, K. 53807:31
Info for Mozart Arias II
Soprano Regula Mühlemann is releasing her second album of Mozart arias with the Basel Chamber Orchestra on the Sony Classical label on September 4, 2020. The Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann released her debut album on the Sony label in 2016, when she chose a selection of opera and concert arias by Mozart.
The response was overwhelmingly positive. One reviewer spoke of being “in a Mozartian heaven”, while BR-Klassik hailed the depth of the singer’s interpretative powers and the bell-like purity of her voice, which was said to retain its wonderful natural warmth even at the very top of its range: “This combination makes Regula Mühlemann an outstanding Mozartian” was the reviewer’s conclusion. Mozart Arias won the German Record Critics’ Prize.
Since then it is not just as a Mozartian that Regula Mühlemann has conquered the world’s opera houses and concert halls, she has also released two other albums on the Sony Classical label, both of them equally well received: Cleopatra and Lieder der Heimat. She has additionally appeared twice at the ZDF Advent Concert and as a prizewinner at the 2018 ZDF Opus Klassik Gala.
For her latest album – and adopting the motto “Never change a winning team!” – she returns to Mozart with the Basel Chamber Orchestra under the direction of conductor Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli. She has now chosen nine of her favourite arias, numbers as virtuosic as they are emotionally affecting and including arias from Die Zauberflöte, Il re pastore, Lucio Silla, Zaide, La finta semplice and Idomeneo as well as a concert aria Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle K538 and an insertion aria Un moto di gioia K579.
Regula Mühlemann admires Mozart’s deep understanding of the human soul, in addition to which his music is a challenge for every singer, as the soprano herself stresses: “Many people think that Mozart’s music is easy. But the more experience I have as a singer, the more convinced I am that his works are some of the most difficult that a singer ever has to deal with. Behind the ostensible simplicity, the honesty and the authenticity, there is absolutely no room for uncertainty or insecurity on either a technical or an interpretative level. Unless you invest 100% of your thoughts and feelings in Mozart, everyone notices this at once.”
On her latest album Regula Mühlemann is also heard as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. As she once admitted in an interview, this was not only her first Mozart opera, which she heard as a teenager in Zurich, it was also the opera that made her want to become a singer. “I was so moved and filled with such happiness, all I could think of was that I wanted to sing something as beautiful and that I absolutely had to do so.”
Regula Mühlemann was due to sing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the 2020 Salzburg Festival, but this production has now been postponed to 2021, so that she is looking forward even more to her forthcoming performances in another Mozart opera at the Vienna State Opera, where she will sing the role of Blondchen in Hans Neuenfels’s eagerly awaited new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail under the direction of Antonello Manacorda.
Regula Mühlemann, soprano
Rising Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann, “a soprano with a crystal-clear tone you could pour over ice and drink” (The Guardian), was raised in Lucerne where she studied at the Conservatory of Lucerne with Prof. Barbara Locher.
Regula kicks off the 2016/17 season with concerts with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. Later in the season she can amongst others be heard in concert in the US with Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Manfred Honeck. Further highlights of this season include her participation in ZDF´s Christmas Concert in Dresden´s famous Frauenkirche, her debut at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Schumann´s Das Paradis und die Peri and Daniele Gatti conducting, as well as singing Servilia in Mozart´s La clemenza di Tito in concert alongside Joyce di Donato and Sonya Yoncheva in Baden-Baden.
In the 2015/16 season Regula Mühlemann could be heard as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) alongside Erwin Schrott at the Yehudi Menhuin Festival Gstaad as well as in concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Seguin. Further engagements included her return to Grand Théâtre de Genève where she performed the vocal part in a new production of the ballet version of Carl Orff´s Carmina Burana, and singing Elisa in Mozart´s Il Re pastore in concert with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie with performances in Vienna, Paris, Lucerne and Barcelona.
In past seasons, Regula has sung at the Zurich Opera House performing Giannetta in L’ Elisir d’Amore, and Despina in Così fan tutte at the Teatro la Fenice, Venice. In May 2012 she performed Nanetta also at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, alongside Rolando Villazón who both sang in and directed a highly acclaimed production which was released on DVD with Deutsche Grammophon. She made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2012, singing the young Papagena in Peter von Winter’s opera Das Labyrinth. Regula returned to the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus in a new production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for their first Easter Festival, led by Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore Regula performed Serpetta in Hans Neuenfels’s new production of La finta giardiniera at the Berlin Staatsoper with great success, a role that she reprised in Berlin in November 2013. She made her house debuts with the Grand Théâtre de Genève in the 2012/13 season, singing the role of Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfried, under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher, the Opéra de Paris as Papagena, her debut as Elisa in Mozart’s Il re pastore at the Verbier Festival, as well as her debut at the Festival Aix-En-Provence as Papagena.
Regula Mühlemann is a sought-after concert singer. She has already performed in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. As a regular guest at Lucerne Festival she has amongst others performed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with the Bayerische Rundfunk. Regula Mühlemann works with renowned conductors such as Nello Santi, Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Pablo Heras-Casado, Ivor Bolton, and Howard Arman.
Regula made her movie debut singing Ännchen in the feature film ‘Hunter’s Bride’. The critically acclaimed movie was directed by Jens Neubert and featured Daniel Harding conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. She was hailed by the critics; the Neue Züricher Zeitung called her a “first class discovery”. Regula Mühlemann was also one of the young talents featured on the TV show “Stars von morgen”, broadcast on ZDF and Arte in Germany and France. Regula made her next movie appearance starring alongside Bejun Mehta in an exciting new movie production of Gluck’s Orfeo, which was shot on location in Prague.