The Opera Band
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|The Opera Band|
|Studio album by Amici Forever|
|Released||January 13, 2004|
|Producer||Nick Garrett, Nick Patrick, Matt Howe, Rick Blaskey & James Shearman|
|Amici Forever chronology|
The Opera Band is the debut album by Amici Forever released in 2004.
Making of the album
The members of Amici Forever met when rehearsing and performing at opera venues around the world. Tenor Geoff Sewell, originally from New Zealand, came up with the idea of an "opera band" mixing traditional opera with contemporary pop. The band features two tenors, two soprano singers and a bass-baritone singer.
Amici Forever signed with Arista Records and started playing high-profile gigs such as the FA Cup final and the English rugby union final. Nick Patrick, who had produced albums by the Gipsy Kings, Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye produced the band's first album The Opera Band. The album mixes opera classics such as "Nessun Dorma" with pop standards such as "Unchained Melody" and "Requiem for a Soldier" from the Band of Brothers soundtrack.
Chart and critical success
It was released on January 13, 2004 and has reached number 74 in the Billboard 200 album charts in 2004 and reached the top 50 of the ARIA Australian album charts. The album has also reached number 2 on the Billboard Classical Crossover and Heatseeker charts and number one on the ARIA Australian classical album chart as well as top 5 in the UK classical charts. The album was nominated for "Album of the Year" at the Classical BRIT Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall on May 26, 2004 and was performed at the Awards.
- "Prayer in the Night" (based on Handel's "Sarabande")
- "Senza Catene (Unchained Melody)"
- "Canto Alla Vita"
- "Vita Mia"
- "Requiem for a Soldier "
- "Whisper of Angels" (based on Faure's "Pavane")
- "The Pearl Fishers"
- "Soave Sia Il Vento"
- "Nimrod: Lux Æterna"
- "Song to the Moon"
- "Zadok the Priest"
- "Nessun Dorma"
- "Adeste Fidelis"
- "Olympia: Eternal Flame" (Bonus track used as theme to BBC's 2004 Olympic Games coverage)