Hayley's new album 'Paradiso' released NZ 18 April 2011

4 Apr 2011

Hayley Westenra - Paradiso - audio samples of all tracks are belowUPDATED June 16

Hayley's new album Paradiso has been released so far in New Zealand (April 18), Japan (June 8) and Australia (June 10). The next few known releases will be in the United Kingdom (29 August) and USA (4 October).

Further information can be found in the two media articles below and you can join the discussions about this album here in the HWI forum.

Preview of Hayley Westenra's new album Paradiso

Track no 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14



Track Listing (New Zealand release)

1. Gabriel's Oboe (Whispers In A Dream) lyrics by Hayley Westenra - 4m 27s
2. Cinema Paradiso: Profumo Di Limone lyrics by Ennio Morricone - 3m 10s
3. La Califfa lyrics by Ennio Morricone & Hayley Westenra - 4m 12s
4. Once Upon A Time In The West lyrics by Ennio Morricone - 4m 00s
5. Metti Una Sera A Cena lyrics by Ennio Morricone - 4m 29s
6. Cinema Paradiso: Would He Even Know Me Now? lyrics by Don Black -  4m 11s
7. Per Natale (L'Esprit de Noël) lyrics by Josephine Drai - 2m 53s
8. I Knew I Loved You (Deborah's Theme) lyrics by Ennio Morricone,
    Alan Bergman  & Marilyn Bergman
- 3m 39s

9. Lezione Di Musica lyrics by Ennio Morricone - 2m 33s
10. Da Quel Sorriso Che Non Ride Piu lyrics by Ennio Morricone - 7m 13s
11. The Edge Of Love lyrics by Tim Rice - 3m 44s
12. Amalia Por Amor lyrics by Joao Mendonca - 6m 06s
13. Here's To You lyrics by Joan Baez - 3m 40s
14. Malena lyrics by Hayley Westenra - 4m 06s

Total playing time - 58m 23s

Music composed, arranged, produced and conducted by Ennio Morricone.
Lyricists as shown.

For the song LYRICS and translations - click here

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Hayley Westenra Teams Up With Ennio Morricone

Still at the tender age of 23, New Zealand born soprano Hayley Westenra celebrates ten incredible years in the music industry with the release of her fifth studio album, Paradiso - a collaboration that sees master Italian composer Ennio Morricone working with a vocalist for the first time.

With a CV that belies her 23 years, having performed with Jose Carreras through to Andrea Bocelli and touring North America with Il Divo, Hayley is now realising her dream of working with Morricone.

Well known for his iconic film scores including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, Morricone received an honorary Academy Award for his contribution to the art of film music in 2007 and is regarded as one of the most prolific and influential composers of his era.

Despite the 60-year-age difference and distinct language barrier, Westenra and Morricone struck up an incredible bond whilst recording Paradiso with Ennio's orchestra in Rome last summer. This is, after all, the first time 83 year-old Morricone has added a vocal line to his compositions.

The album features an array of new compositions written by Morricone for Hayley, as well as some of his best-known film compositions of the last 50 years. With Ennio making new bespoke arrangements for every track, he produced all of Hayley's vocal performances, as well as conducting each session with his own 120-piece orchestra - Sinfonietta di Roma.

Recorded last year at the Forum studio in Piazza Euclide - the very studio where Ennio has recorded his countless classic film scores with his multi Grammy-winning engineer Fabio Venturi - Paradiso showcases Hayley singing in English, Italian, French, Portuguese and Vocalese.

Says Hayley - "Growing up, I unknowingly listened to a great deal of Ennio Morricone's magnificent music, such as the haunting melodies of 'Cinema Paradiso' and 'The Mission'. To one day realise that all these pieces were the work of just one man blew my mind. Ennio Morricone is a musical genius and I still can't quite believe that I'm collaborating with him on a whole album."

This is the first time ever Ennio has allowed - and in Hayley's case encouraged - anyone to write new lyrics for his classic themes such as for Gabriel's Oboe (Whispers In A Dream) - the theme from the 1986 film classic, The Mission. Hayley has also written English lyrics to two more of the album's tracks: La Califfa and the album's final track, Malena.

Oscar winning lyricist Don Black and Sir Tim Rice and Marilyn and Alan Bergman have all also contributed lyrics to this album.

Dickon Stainer, Managing Director for Decca Records, on the collaboration - "It's a match made in heaven - a true legend of film music collaborating with the purest voice in the world".


Hayley Westenra teams up with Italian composer

4th April 2011
NZ Musician

Hayley Westenra will release her fifth studio album, ‘Paradiso’ in April.

The album is a collaboration with influential Italian composer and Academy Award recipient Ennio Morricone, best known for his iconic film scores including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West. 'Paradiso' was recorded at the Forum studio in Rome with Morricone’s own 120-piece orchestra - Sinfonietta di Roma, and is also the first composition the 83 year-old has added a vocal line to.

Oscar winning lyricist Don Black and Sir Tim Rice and Marilyn and Alan Bergman also contributed lyrics to the album.

'Paradiso' will be available online and in stores April 18.


We will publish the release dates for other Countries as soon as they are announced. So far, we know:

New Zealand - 18 April 2011

Japan - 8 June 2011

Australia - 10 June 2011

Canada - 29 August 2011

United Kingdom - 29 August 2011

Taiwan - 31 August 2011

United States - 4 October 2011