For her second collaboration on the ATMA Classique label, soprano Marie-Eve Munger releases Maestrino Mozart, an album devoted to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rarely-heard arias composed between the ages of 10-16. Maestrino Mozart, out September 16, 2022, features Munger alongside Les Boréades de Montréal and conductor Philippe Bourque.
It presents a program curated to contradict any assumption that Mozart’s earliest works are merely simple or juvenile through sparkling performances of a varied mix of repertoire, from the most charming pastoral to the most difficult bravura arias, and through dramatic and emotionally powerful works such as Mitridate and Lucio Silla.
“My own journey into this repertoire began at the start of my career, when I was lucky enough to be offered a role in Il sogno di Scipione in New York. I had thought I knew the composer a little, but quickly realized my ignorance when I learned that Mozart had written no fewer than eight dramatic works before he reached the age of 17! My curiosity was piqued. During the last few years, I have collected what I thought to be his most exceptional arias and recitatives for soprano, written between the ages of 10 and 16. I hope to take the audience on a musical journey to try to gain some insight into the development of this incomparable phenomenon.” REVIEWS:
"… this CD shows not only that Mozart was already a great composer at a young age, but also that Munger has a real Mozart voice.
With a warm core and silvery contours, she shines with technical solidity and precision, agility and the power of her projection. The lightness of the coloratura is particularly impressive. In addition, there is an unerring creative imagination that gives character to the figures with many nuances and colors."
"The incarnation that Marie-Eve Munger gives to these melodies and characters, from her bright voice, captivates us to the last note."
– Pan M 360 "But this young Canadian soprano, whom I regrettably had never heard before, sings with such verve, musicality and technical accomplishment that I was quite stunned. Where she impressed most of all was in the three arias from Mitridate; in Pallid‘ombre her intensive dramatic singing is a revelation. Glorious singing! She must be an ideal Donna Anna. Laurels also to conductor Philippe Bourque and Les Boréades de Montréal, who play on period instruments at Baroque pitch (430 Hz). Every Mozart fan should without delay invest in this disc."