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  • Audio CD (27 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0000D9GMK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni SchicchiDenise Leigh 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rusalka: Song to the MoonDenise Leigh/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 6:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rigoletto: Caro nomeDenise Leigh/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lakmé: Viens, Mallika...Sous le dôme épais (Flower Duet)Denise Leigh/Jane Gilchrist/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Le Nozze di Figaro, '(The) Marriage of Figaro' K492, ACT 3: Dove sonoJane Gilchrist/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. La Wally: Ebben?...Ne andrò lontanaJane Gilchrist/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Madama Butterfly Lib. Giacosa and Illica: Un bel dì vedremoJane Gilchrist/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Le nozze di Figaro, Acte III: Duettino:Canzonetta sull`ariaDenise Leigh/Jane Gilchrist/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Samson HWV57: Let the bright SeraphimDenise Leigh/Alison Balsom/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 5:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Carmen, Act 3: Air: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (Micaëla)Denise Leigh/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 5:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Pirates of Penzance (or, The Slave of Duty), Act I: Poor wand'ring oneJane Gilchrist/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra/London Voices/Terry Edwards 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Turandot, Act I: Signore, ascolta!Jane Gilchrist/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Norma, Act I: Casta Diva!Denise Leigh/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 6:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Le Nozze di Figaro, '(The) Marriage of Figaro' K492, ACT 4: Deh vieniDenise Leigh/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Le nozze di Figaro, Acte II: Aria:Porgi amorJane Gilchrist/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Rigoletto, Act 1, Scene 2: Caro nomeJane Gilchrist/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Hänsel und Gretel, ACT 2: Abends will ich schlafen gehn (Evening Hymn)Denise Leigh/Jane Gilchrist/Paul Daniel/English National Opera Orchestra 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Operatunity Winners

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Denise Leigh and Jane Gilchrist, until recently two apparently ordinary suburban mums, get the chance to show off their previously hidden abilities on Operatunity: The Winners. Unlike their Pop Idol counterparts, though, who did all the hard work before winning, Denise and Jane now face an almost impossibly tough challenge to prove themselves in the rigorously exacting world of the professional opera singer. They've shown themselves to be competent musicians, but that's hardly going to be enough to cut it alongside Cecilia Bartoli, Renee Fleming or Angela Gheorghiu.

On the evidence of this album, the two sopranos may just make it happen. Certainly their voices are relatively undeveloped, and both have a lot of work to do before their sung French or Italian will begin to sound natural, but they have bags of natural talent and enthusiasm aplenty--qualities that shine through here even when diction or phrasing is less than secure. On the evidence of this selection of popular arias, it's Denise Leigh who has the more immediately appealing voice--her tone is attractively pure and sweet--whereas Jane Gilchrist is more forthright, but lacking polish. In the Figaro selections, Gilchrist's "Dove sono", for example, sounds a little forced in comparison with Leigh's more naturally legato "Deh vieni non tardar" and neither voice gels especially well in the "Canonetta sull'aria" duet. Overall, nothing here is at all bad--but nothing is especially outstanding either. As a first entry on their respective CVs, it's a creditable achievement, and one that will hopefully lead to greater things in the future. --Mark Walker

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
Very accomplished collection from two newcomers (I'd say amateurs but that isn't how they come across). I adored the first three tracks - a truly 'hairs on the back of the neck standing on end' type opener. I didn't think it could get much better so nearly stopped at that point but as I was wallowing in a deep, hot bubble bath at the time I continued listening - and I'm glad I did. With the exception of the G&S track (not my cup of tea) I thought the choice of music was very good and nicely balanced. Would recommend to anyone after music to listen to whilst in a bubble bath!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "kate11535" on 7 Nov 2003
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Wow, quite amazing for 2 relative unknowns. This album made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.
Amazing voices, amazing songs, I am sure this is only the first of many more albums to come.
Well done, it is a must listen to album.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec 2003
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As an "opera virgin" I was hooked by the TV programme Operatunity. This CD acts as a confirmation of the talent that these two ladies have. This CD is a "safe" choice of well established opera clips, which perhaps does not suit them both entirely but does let them establish themselves in an untried market place. It is well worth the money and, unlike some opera CD's, you can listen to the whole thing without getting bored. I love it - and if you loved the TV programme then its a must.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jan 2004
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I'm not an Opera Purist - whatever that means - but I know what I like hearing, and this is simply wonderful to listen to. Amazing talents, both the singers. I've listened to it time and time again - get it, if just to laud these two women for their achievements. Even if I hadn't known the background of these artists, and been played any track from this cd, I'd have been impressed. Go on...treat yourself!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John F. Kennedy on 9 Jan 2004
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Denise and Jane have recorded a really wonderful album. There will be some opera buffs that will find something wrong with it,all I can say to them is get a life. The girls have done a truely wonderful job. They are both deserving winners but I do have a soft spot for Jane. This album should be in every one's classical collection. I hope we hear a lot more from the two girls.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By seajay on 5 Jan 2004
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I watched operatunity on channel 4 and having heard jane and denise I just got totaly hooked,I just had to get the cd that they worked so hard to produce, I wasnt disapointed in any way, their voices are just superb, these two girls deserve to go a long way and I sincerly hope they do and I hope they will be tempted to bring out some more albums along the way.
EXELENT.
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