OP0437. LE TORÉADOR (Adam), recorded 1998, w.Bonynge Cond. Welsh National Opera Ensemble, w.Michel Trempont, Sumi Jo & John Aler. London 455 664, w.libretto-brochure. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 028945566429
“LE TORÉADOR, ou L'accord parfait (The Toreador, or The Perfect Agreement) is an opéra comique in two acts by the French composer Adolphe Adam with a libretto by Thomas-Marie-François Sauvage. It was first performed at the Opéra-Comique, Paris on May 18, 1849. It was a huge success and the work regularly appeared in the repertoire of the Opéra-Comique until 1869. Adam made use of several familiar pieces of music in the score. The most famous number is a series of variations on "Ah! vous dirai-je, maman" (better known as the melody of ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’ in the English-speaking world). The opera also quotes the aria ‘Tandis que tout sommeille" from Grétry's L'AMANT JALOUX and ‘Je brûlerai d'une flamme éternelle’ from the same composer's LE TABLEAU PARLANT as well as popular folk tunes, including the Spanish fandango, cachucha and follia. In spite of this, there is little attempt to give the score local colour. The opera was originally intended to be a single act but was split in two to allow the soprano time to recover her breath in a taxing role.”
"Praised for the remarkable agility, precision and warmth of her voice, and for her outstanding musicianship, Sumi Jo has established herself as one of her generation’s most sought-after sopranos. She has been consistently greeted with exceptional accolades, by public and press alike, for her performances in the most important opera houses and concert halls throughout the world.
Sumi Jo is the one of the best selling classical singers in the world, with over 50 recordings to her credit, including a Grammy-winning DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN with Sir Georg Solti for Decca London and UN BALLO IN MASCHERA for Deutsche Grammophon under Herbert von Karajan. She has performed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi and for the Pope in Korea, and appeared, performing as herself, in the film Youth by Paolo Sorrentino starring Michael Caine, which was released in the UK in January 2016. Sumi’s performance of the film’s signature song, ‘Simple Song #3’ won her nominations for the 2016 Golden Globe awards, as well as an Oscar in the ‘Music – Original Song’ category.
Sumi recently sang gala concerts with Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in October 2015, and sang alongside Elina Garanca to open the new Guangzhou Opera House. Sumi has also given a concert tour with the Academy of Ancient Music, performed New Year’s Day concerts with the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, gala concerts in Moscow, St Petersburg, London, Krasnoyarsk, Latvia, Almaty in Kazakhstan, and recitals at the Sala Sao Paolo, Opera du Rhin Strasbourg, Roy Thomson Hall Toronto, Châtelet Theatre Paris, Smetanova Litomysl Festival in the Czech Republic, and in Korea, Tokyo and Australia.
At the Metropolitan Opera New York, Sumi Jo has been heard in the title role of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Gilda in RIGOLETTO, Olympia in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and Oscar in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA. Audiences at Teatro alla Scala have heard her in bel canto specialties such as LE COMTE ORY and FRA DIAVOLO. At the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires she has appeared as Gilda, Zerbinetta and Queen of the Night; with the latter role Sumi also made her Wiener Staatsoper debut. Sumi’s recent opera engagements include Fiakermilli in ARABELLA at Hamburg State Opera, Madame Mao in NIXON IN CHINA at the Chatelet Théatre Paris, Juliette in ROMÉO ET JULIETTE at Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro, Fiorilla in IL TURCO IN ITALIA at Hamburg State Opera, Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and the title role of Auber’s MANON LESCAUT at Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, and title role LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR for Opera di Firenze.”
- BBC Cardiff