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Il soprano americano Melody Moore è uno dei talenti statunitensi più in vista, con una carriera internazionale in ascesa. La stagione in corso ha visto la pubblicazione del suo primo recital intitolato An American Song Album in collaborazione col pianista Bradley Moore per la Pentatone Records. Melody Moore ci racconta della sua carriera e come è nato questo interessantissimo album dedicato alla musica americana contemporanea.

An American Song Album è il suo primo album solistico.  come è nato questo progetto?

Job Maarse, producer della San Francisco Classical Recordings, mi ha contattata per chiedermi che tipo di album mi sarebbe piaciuto registrare. Io desideravo molto incidere le ‘Hermit Songs’ di Barber e ‘The Mystery’ di Floyd. Partendo da queste scelte, due lavori di autori americani, ho cominciato a scegliare i titoli che compongono il resto dell’album. Continue reading

“Amplifying the flute’s story during the wedding scene, soprano Melody Moore let fly with soaring, vibrant phrases that captured the full horror of the fratricide. She delivered one of the score’s final lamenting interjections soaring to a stratospheric pianissimo.”

Texas Classical Review

On October 4, 5 and 6, Melody Moore makes her first appearance at the Houston Symphony for an intense evening of music by Mendelssohn and Mahler. She sings the soprano solo in Mahler’s staggering first masterpiece, Das klagende Lied, written when he was just 18—music that beckons us close to whisper ancient tales of gleaming castles, noble knights and magic flutes. The other soloists for the piece are Sasha Cooke, Toby Spence and Günter Haumer.

Then, in Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Goethe’s text ignites the fire of Mendelssohn’s imagination in a celebration of spring that sees Druids dance and bonfires burn. Andrés Orozco-Estrada leads the performances.

“This recording is a calling card for a genuinely exciting and electric voice, solidly gleaming, with the high range of a soprano but fleshed out with dark, mezzo-ish colours and with its voluptuous richness focused into singing of striking directness and clarity.”

The Guardian

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Melody Moore travels to Portugal to perform at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation on June 28. She sings the title role in a concert version of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, opposite Stefano Secco as Pinkerton. Lester Lynch, Kevin Short, Elisabeth Kulman, Alexander Kaimbacher, Liesbeth Devos and Amitai Pati complete the cast, with Lawrence Foster on the podium.

Ms. Moore debuted the role of Cio-Cio San at Opéra de Montréal in 2015 and received great critical acclaim, such as what The Barre Montpelier Times Argus wrote:

Moore soon had us believing she was Butterfly, with her big controlled sound used sensitively, lyrically and powerfully. She had no trouble breaking our hearts.

Album cover photo by Jiyang Chen

With her first solo album, Melody Moore continues her PENTATONE discography that already features recordings of leading roles in Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack (2012) and The Little Match Girl (2015), as well as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello (2017).

An American Song Album is a fine collection of songs by American composers, presented by soprano Melody Moore. The repertoire includes Samuel Barber’s introspective Hermit Songs, Jake Heggie’s engaged cycles These Strangers and How Well I Knew the Light, Carlisle Floyd’s exploration of motherhood in The Mystery, Copland’s impressionist and oriental Four Early Songs, as well as a varied selection from Gordon Getty’s vocal works. Set to Irish, Welsh, Chilean, German, Arabic and Afro-American poetry, these pieces constitute a panorama of the US as a melting pot of cultures, while simultaneously being bound together by an unmistakably American sound. Melody Moore manages to lift out the poetry of these works with her warm, lyrical voice and impeccable vocal technique. She is accompanied on the piano by Bradley Moore, one of the most eminent conductors and song accompanists of today’s American musical scene.

This album will be released on July 5. Pre-order your copy now via PENTATONE and Amazon.