Wonderful Barcelona! Were I not Facebook friend of Sergi Gimenez Carreras then I would have stayed in Nice/Monte-Carlo because I would not have known about this wonderful Verdi concert. Sergi is a tenor just like his uncle, Josep Carreras. He has his own sound and just like Carreras when Sergi sings there is an emotional impact. Tears was in my eyes when he sang La mia letizia infondere from I Lombardi. Rolando Villazon had sung it well in Frankfurt (25/4) but Sergi won my heart and ears. It was the dramatic Verdi that was in the programme where I felt that my tenor was more lyric. Sergi was totally involved in all his arias, duets and tersetts.
Sergi Gimenez Carreras was flanked with the supreme soprano Michelle-Marie Cook and baritone Alberto Cazes Spignolo. The soprano was powerful in all appearances. She sang so wonderful that I have difficult to find words. Here we heard a soprano of world class, powerful voice, deep dramatic insight, simply a joy to hear and see. How I want to see her in full opera production of Ernani, La Forza del Destino, Un Ballo in Maschera, or in short any opera by Verdi that have a soprano part.
The baritone sang the famous Verdi baritone arias and did it well. Perhaps I am not a baritone person.
Bravi, tutti!! And come to Norway, please!
The concert had no pause and I sat in the front seat. The best seat. But although it had the shortest distance to the singers, voices are often heard better further back in the theater. So my dear Sergi when I listen to the videos from this concert you sound much stronger, much better. BRAVO, Sergi!!
Miguel Ángel Martínez Montés, conductor
Coral Càrmina & Orquesta Sinfónica del Vallés
Obertura (La forza del Destino)
“La mia letizia infondere” (I Lombardi) - Sergi Giménez Carreras
“Ernani involami” (Ernani) – Michelle-Marie Francis Cook
“O Carlo, ascolta” (Don Carlo) – Alberto Cazes Spinoglio
“Patria opressa”(Macbeth) - Coro
“O fede negar potessi - Quando le sere al placido” (Luisa Miller) - Sergi Giménez Carreras
"Tu se Ernani" (Ernani) - Michelle-Marie Francis Cook, Sergi Giménez Carreras y Alberto Cazes Spinoglio
“Va pensiero” (Nabucco) – Coro
“Dio, che nell’alma infondere” (Don Carlo) - Sergi Giménez Carreras & Alberto Cazes Spinoglio
Coro de Gitanas y toreros (La traviata) – Coro
“Pace, pace mio Dio” (La forza del Destino) - Michelle-Marie Francis Cook
“Eri tu” (Un ballo in maschera) - Alberto Cazes Spinoglio
“Vedi! le fosche notturne” (Il trovatore) – Coro
“Tace la notte!” (Il trovatore) - Michelle-Marie Francis Cook, Sergi Giménez Carreras y Alberto Cazes Spinoglio
Brindisi LA TRAVIATA Cook, Gimenez, Cazes
Va, pensiero NABUCCO Cook, Gimenz, Cazes
The chorus and orchestra was wonderful, too.