© 2016 by Ann-Kristin Sofroniou Pianist

Rodney Sharman's Opera Transcriptions is divided into 3 books, each comprising three pieces of solo piano transcriptions of arias from operas by Puccini, Bizet, Monteverdi, Wagner, and Claude Vivier. Sharman was inspired to compose these transcriptions after listening to Michael Finnissy's Verdi Transcriptions (1972-2005). 

 

In detail, Sharman's transcriptions consist of the following: 

 

Book I:

‘La Rondine’ transcription (1991): ‘La Canzone di Doretta’ (soprano), for Yvar Mikhashoff  

‘Turandot’ transcription (1989): ‘Nessun dorma’ (tenor), for Anthony de Mare

‘Madama Butterfly’ transcription (1990): ‘Tu, tu, piccolo iddio’ (soprano), for Yvar Mikhashoff and for Anthony de Mare

 

Book II:

‘Carmen’ transcription (1993): ‘La fleur que tu m'avais jetée’ (tenor), for John Snijders

‘Les Pêcheurs de Perles’ transcription (1995): ‘Au fond du temple saint’ (tenor and baritone), for Ortwin Stürmer

‘La Jolie Fille de Perth’ transcription (2002): ‘Serenade’ (tenor), for Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa

 

Book III:

‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’ transcription (2008): ‘Mercurio dal ciel in terra’ (bass), for Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa

‘Tristan und Isolde’ transcription (2013): ‘Liebestod’ (soprano), for Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa

  • Recording: R. Sharman, 'Madama Butterfly' ('Tu, tu, piccolo iddio)
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  • Recording: R. Sharman, 'Mercurio dal ciel in terra' with improvisation 2
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  • Recording: R. Sharman, 'Turandot' ('Nessun Dorma')
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  • Recording: M. Finnissy, 'O cieli azzurri' (Aida) from Verdi Transcriptions
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  • Recording: R. Sharman, 'La Rondine' ('La Canzone di Doretta')
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  • Recording: R. Sharman, 'Au fond du temple saint' (Les Pecheurs de Perles)
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  • Recording: R. Sharman, 'Mercurio dal ciel in terra' (L'incoronazione di Poppea) with improvisation 1
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Rodney Sharman, 'Mercurio dal ciel in terra' from Opera Transcriptions - improvisation 

I. Tristan, Isolde 

 

   This project dealt with pairing Sharman's 'Tristan und Isolde' transcription, which is based on the final aria of      Isolde's 'Liebestod' from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, with Marc Sabat's Tristan, Isolde, which is based on the      'Tristan' chord from Wagner's opera. 

 

   Marc Sabat,  Tristan, Isolde (2009), for two pianos retuned in Just Intonation 

   Rodney Sharman,  'Tristan und Isolde' (2013) from Opera Transcriptions

 

   Live performance at the Banff Centre of Arts, January 2014

 

   Lara Dodds-Eden & Ann-Kristin Sofroniou, piano 

   Julia Fox, soprano

Rodney Sharman's

Opera Transcriptions (1989-2013)

II. Rodney Sharman,  Opera Trascriptions (selection)

 

    Recording at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, May 2015

Michael Finnissy, 'O cieli azzurri' (Aida) from Verdi Transcriptions 

Rodney Sharman, 'La Rondine' from Opera Transcriptions 

 Rodney Sharman, 'Turandot' from Opera Transcriptions 

 Rodney Sharman, 'Madama Butterfly' from Opera Transcriptions 

Rodney Sharman, 'Au fond du temple saint' from Opera Transcriptions