Our next competition brings the opportunity to win the debut album of the exciting young French soprano, Patricia Petibon.
She has just joined the roster of Deutsche Grammophon, who've made this competition possible, and is accompanied by the period-instrument band Concerto Köln and conductor Daniel Harding.
Petibon has established herself as one of the most interesting and versatile sopranos of our day and has been widely acclaimed for her outstanding acting abilities that make her merge completely with whatever role she sings and represents on stage.
With Amoureuses, Petibon circles around the ever-important topic of love and desire and in a series of character portraits explores how the very different female characters in the operas of Mozart, Haydn and Gluck respond to the challenges of love.
Ranging from the dramatic fury of Haydn's 'Odio, furor, dispetto' and Mozart's Queen of the Night aria to the sweetness of Susanna's aria from Figaro, and from the despair of Barbarina's aria to the grandeur of Gluck, the album is the perfect showcase for Petibon's exceptional skills of expression and characterisation.
The repertoire is invigoratingly varied. Seven arias from Mozart bring us the familiar and the unfamiliar, with excerpts from the early opera seria, Lucio Silla, a highlight. The unjustly neglected Haydn is well represented as we approach his anniversary year with five arias from as many operas, including Il mondo della luna and L'isola disabitata. Two of Gluck's masterpieces are included, with three arias from Armide particularly illustrated of the way the composer can illustrate the gamut of emotions within a single work
We have one copy of this new album to give away, and to be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is answer the following question:
The aria 'Ragion nell'alma side', featured on Patricia Petibon's new Amoureuses disc, comes from which Haydn opera?
1. L'isola disabitata
3. Il mondo della luna
Send an email entitled PETIBON with your answer, name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 November 2008. We will not pass your details to any third party, but please indicate if you do not wish to receive further correspondence.
Rules, terms and conditions: 1. This competition is organised by MusicalCriticism.com and Deutsche Grammophon. 2. MusicalCriticism.com reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted within the competition notice. 3. In the event of a dispute regarding the terms and conditions, conduct, results and all other matters relating to this competition, the decision of the Editor or Deputy Editor shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. 4. The competition is open to residents of the UK only. 5. Contributors and employees, their associates and members of their families and households are not eligible to enter. 6. Only one entry per person is permitted for this competition. 7. Entries received after the closing date of 30 November 2008 will be automatically disqualified. No purchase required. 8. The winners will be chosen at random after the closing date, from all correct entries received by 11.59pm on 30 November 2008. 9. Prizes are non-transferable. No cash alternatives will be offered. The winner will be notified by email and the prize delivered by post.