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Soprano Hayley Westenra Teams Up With Film Maestro Ennio Morricone

Artist Hayley Westenra performs in San Diego. (AP)

Artist Hayley Westenra performs in San Diego. (AP)

Hayley Westenra has been performing for over a decade since she was signed to a professional recording contract at the age of 13 in her native New Zealand.

Her debut album “Pure” was a bestseller around the world. Now the 24 year-old soprano has teamed up with 82 year-old Ennio Morricone, the legendary composer of soundtracks to such films as “Cinema Paradiso,” “The Mission” and “Once Upon A Time In the West.”

All of the songs on Westenra’s new album “Paradiso” were composed, orchestrated and conducted by Morricone.

Hayley Westenra tells us that working with Morricone encouraged her to dig more deeply into the music than she thought she could go and that unlike other orchestra leaders she worked with, Morricone saw her voice as another instrument, part of, rather than leading the orchestra.

Guest:

  • Hayley Westenra, soprano singer

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