Celebrated soprano Karita Mattila has proved herself to be irresistible in any musical genre. This compilation couples live performances of some of the world's best-loved opera arias together with the Finnish diva's unique interpretations of songs from Broadway musicals and the Great American Songbook. Included are two previously unreleased tracks from her earlier live recorded Fever album: Misty (track 13) and 'Round Midnight (14).
These recordings showcase highlights from the past fifteen years of Karita Mattila's career, with studio recordings from 1995 (tracks 7–11) and 1997 (6), as well as live recordings from her 40th birthday concert at Helsinki's Hartwall Arena in 2000 (tracks 1–5) and from 2007 at Tampere Hall in Finland.
Karita Mattila is the biggest Finnish star on the international stage of classical music. She has been named by Musical America the “most electrifying actress of our day (who) drives the public into frenzies” (Musician of the Year 2005). This release marks her 50th birthday in 2010, coinciding with Ondine’s 25th anniversary.