An Assured and Lyrical Debut
Featuring a rare duet with José Carreras, Carly Paoli’s debut album shows both her classically trained roots and her lifelong love of musicals
Review by Adrian Peel
An English rose with Italian roots, Carly Paoli has shared stages with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras and Elaine Paige, and counts the Pope, Prince Charles and Dame Helen Mirren among her fans.
In Italy, the land of her mother’s family, the Nottingham-born singer’s achievements were recently recognised when she was awarded the prestigious Premio Barocco (previous recipients include Sophia Loren, Dame Helen Mirren and Luciano Pavarotti).
Featuring a rare duet with José Carreras (“En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor”), Singing My Dreams – released on June 30 – is an enchanting collection of familiar classical pieces and original compositions, some with lyrics by Carly herself.
This superstar-in-the-making’s assured sounding 14-track debut – recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and at the Forum Studios in Rome – begins with the heartwarming “Music of Heaven,” moving on to the equally devine “The Mystery of Your Gift.”
“Almeno Tu Nell’Universo” is the first Italian number to feature and “Why” is the first of four examples to showcase Carly’s skills as a lyricist (iconic Italian composer Ennio Morricone, no less, enjoyed her English lyrics to track 10, his “Se Tu Fossi” from the Oscar-winning film Cinema Paradiso).
Carly is a classically trained singer – she studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester – though a number of the songs on Singing My Dreams reflect her lifelong love of musicals and showtunes. A particular highlight is “Il Mio Miracolo,” a duet with Italian tenor Alessandro Safina.