Friday, February 28, 2014

ClassicFM.com: 'Exclusive: Listen to Breaking Bad — Ozymandias the opera,' Two Arias Sung by Puerto Rican Baritone José Pietri-Coimbre



Good morning Bill,
How are you? I'd like to share some exciting news. "UK's favourite classical station" Classic FM is presenting an exclusive listen of Jose Pietri-Coimbre performing the critically-acclaimed world premiere performances of Sung Jin Hong's Breaking Bad - Ozymandias. I'd be grateful if you are able to share it on AfriClassical and have the attachment be linked to the specific Classic FM page:

Listen to two arias from the Breaking Bad opera by Sung Jin Hong, premiered in New York City last month.

Composer Sung Jin Hong is so addicted to Breaking Bad, he decided to write an opera about it. After the success of the cult TV series, it's not surprising the opera itself attracted a mass audience, with lovers of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman queuing round the block to catch a glimpse of the musical spectacle.
After interviewing Sung Jin Hong ahead of the performance, we couldn't resist having a listen to the finished product.
Sung Jin Hong's opera "Breaking Bad — Ozymandias" is inspired by the award-winning drama conceived and created by Vince Gilligan and the sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The libretto is compiled and arranged by Sung Jin Hong. "The Moment" aria is inspired by season 3, episode 10, "Fly," written by Sam Catlin and Moira Walley-Beckett. 

Breaking Bad - Ozymandias: The Moment (2:39)
Lyrics:
That was the moment
that night
I should have never left home
Maybe things would have...
I was at home watching tv
Skyler and Holly were in another room
She was singing a lullaby
Ah
If I had just lived right up to that moment and not one second more
That would have been perfect

With its spiky string melodies and eerie harmonies, 'Chemistry' gradually grows into an all-consuming orchestral movement with percussion and dissonant brass chords.

Breaking Bad - Ozymandias: Chemistry (3:22)
Sung Jin Hong: from "Chemistry" and "The Moment"  Breaking Bad — Ozymandias (2014)
One World Symphony
Sung Jin Hong, Composer-Conductor
Jose Pietri-Coimbre, Walt/Heisenberg/Ozymandias

from live world premiere performance, January 2014, New York City 

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Comment by email:
Hi Bill, I endorse  José Pietri-Coimbre’s comments on his vocal range as I hear on the aria ‘The Moment’. I felt that the tessitura is a little below that of a dramatic tenor? However, most importantly I must also add that the fragment I heard was really beautifully sung and that entices me to hear more!  Kind regards Mike [Michael S. Wright] 

1 comment:

Jose Manuel Pietri-Coimbre said...

Dear Editor,

This is Jose Pietri-Coimbre, the singer soloist featured in this article. I am NOT a tenor. This was posted mistakenly in one of my old artist biographies because I did in fact for some time sing tenor roles. This was a while ago. I am actually a baritone and would love to be labeled as such, as this can create confussion when potential producers and employers look up my information. Is it possible to make that change? If you need to verify this information, please feel free to contact One World Symphony. Thank you kindly, Jose Pietri-Coimbre