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French Opera Arias
File:French Opera Arias Stade LP.jpg
CBS Masterworks LP: M 34206
Studio album by
StudioHenry Wood Hall, London
LabelCBS Masterworks
ProducerPaul Myers
French Opera Arias
Sony CD: SMK 60527
Sony CD: SMK 60527

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Frederica von Stade: French Opera Arias is a 51-minute studio album of music performed by von Stade and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of John Pritchard. It was released in 1976.[1]


The album was recorded using analogue technology in the Henry Wood Hall, London, on 4, 8 and 10 January 1976.[1]


The cover of LP version of the album was designed under the art direction of Allen Weinberg, and features a photograph of von Stade by Clive Barda on the front of the sleeve and an image of Paris's Palais Garnier on the back.[1] The cover of the CD version features a photograph of von Stade by Valerie Clement.[2]

Critical reception[edit]


Jules Massenet. Von Stade's discography includes complete recordings of his operas Cendrillon, Chérubin and Werther.

The album was reviewed by J. B. Steane in Gramophone in July 1976,[3] again by Steane in Gramophone in October 1976[4] and by George Jellinek in Stereo Review in February 1977.[5] Music Magazine reported that the album was "a bestseller and elicited enthusiastic response internationally".[6] According to an unnamed reporter profiling von Stade for Time on 13 December 1976, the album showcased "a lustrous amber mezzo-soprano voice with an unusually sweet crystalline top and seemingly effortless agility".[7] David Shengold revisited the album in Opera News in December 2016, writing that "the elegant French Opera Arias with John Pritchard" was a "must-have": "even Gounod's Stéphano sounds stellar".[8]


The album was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque in 1976, and first prize in the High Fidelity/International Record Critics Awards of 1977.[9][10][11] J. B. Steane included the album in his 1976 Gramophone Critic's Choice list of the best recordings of the year.[12]

CD track listing[1][edit]

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 - 1864)

Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)

Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869)

Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912)

  • 4 (3:06) Va! Laisse couler mes larmes (from Werther)

Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)

Jules Massenet

Hector Berlioz

Ambroise Thomas (1811 - 1896)

  • 8 (5:33) Connais-tu le pays (from Mignon)

Jacques Offenbach




Release history[edit]

On 4 October 1976, CBS Masterworks released the album on LP (catalogue number M 34206) with an insert with notes, texts and translations.[1] The album was also issued on cassette.[13]

In 1998, Sony issued the album on CD (catalogue number SMK 60527) with a 20-page booklet including texts and translations and a memoir by von Stade.[2] In 2012, Sony reissued the album on CD in their 2-CD collection Frederica von Stade: Musique Française (catalogue number 88691932202).[14]. In 2016, Sony again reissued the album on CD (in a miniature replica of the sleeve of the original LP) with a 52-page booklet in their 18-CD collection Frederica von Stade: The Complete Columbia Recital Albums (catalogue number 88875183412).[1]


Strictly speaking, this album's aria from La damnation de Faust should not be described as operatic. Although Berlioz's work has been adapted for the stage, he intended his légende dramatique for the concert hall, not the theatre.[15]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Frederica von Stade: The Complete Columbia Recital Albums, Sony CD, 88875183412, 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 Frederica von Stade: French Opera Arias, Sony CD, SMK 60527, 1998
  3. Gramophone, July 1976, p.216
  4. Gramophone, October 1976, p. 551
  5. Stereo Review, February 1977, p. 84
  6. "Music Magazine". 1980.
  7. Time, 13 December 1976, p. 101
  8. https://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2016/12/Recordings/Frederica_von_Stade__The_Complete_Columbia_Recital_Albums.html
  9. Opera News, 24 January 1976
  10. The New York Times, 29 February 1976
  11. Current Biography 1977, p. 417
  12. Gramophone, December 1976, p. 965
  13. Frederica von Stade: French Opera Arias, CBS Masterworks MC, 1976
  14. Frederica von Stade: Musique Française, Sony CD, 88691932202, 2012
  15. Berlioz, Hector: La damnation de Faust, cond. Solti, Decca CD, 4146802, 1986

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