DiDonato, Joyce

Diva, Divo

CD
14 Feb 2011

Barcode: 5099964198606

Composer: Mozart, Rossini, Massenet
Other participants: Joyce DiDonato · Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon · Kazushi Ono

Joyce DiDonato celebrates the rich dramatic variety of the mezzo-soprano voice in this collection of arias for different characters – of both sexes – from a single opera, or from different operatic treatments of the same story.

Joyce DiDonato’s capacity for characterisation is as astounding as the range and flexibility of her voice. As her recitals of Handel and Rossini have proven, she can charm and touch as a good girl, seduce and seethe as a bad girl, and slip believably into the trousers of a hero. As Opera News said of the Rossini disc, ‘Colbran, The Muse’: “With her sure sense of line and colour, DiDonato takes possession of the repertory, mining every musical and vocal gesture to inhabit each character confidently … Her theatrical sense is magnificent. Musically and dramatically, the disc is perfection.”

This new collection showcases DiDonato’s multi-faceted art – and the wealth of opportunities open to a mezzo-soprano – by presenting her as different characters, both male and female, from the same opera or from different musical treatments of the same story.

As DiDonato explains: “This recital celebrates the vast and fabulous world of the mezzo-soprano. Aside from the obvious Toscas or Cio-Cio Sans, I've never regretted the length of my vocal cords!

I have the privilege and unmitigated joy of playing boys and young men, as well as girls and grown women … It’s an exploration of the human palette of emotions.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Je suis gris! Je suis ivre!: Chérubin  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Ly 
02 Giunse alfin il omento...: Le Nozze di Figaro  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Ly 
03 Deh, vieni, non tardar: Le Nozze di Figaro  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Ly 
04 Se mai senti spirarti sul volto: La Clemenza di Tito  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Ly 
05 Ecco il punto, o Vitellia: La Clemenza di Tito  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Ly 
06 Non più di fiori: La Clemenza di Tito  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Ly 
07 Voi che sapete: Le Nozze di Figaro  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Ly 
08 Il barbiere di Siviglia: Contro un cor: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, '(The) Barber of Seville'  - Joyce DiDonato/Edgaras Montvidas/Orchestre de l'Op 
09 Faites-lui mes aveux: Faust  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Ly 
10 La Damnation de Faust: D'amour l'ardente flamme: La Damnation de Faust, Op.24  - Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon 
11 Premiers transports que nul n'oublie: Roméo et Juliette  - Joyce DiDonato/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon 
12 Ascolta! Se Romeo t'uccise un figlio.... - La tremenda ultrice spada: I Capuleti e i Montecchi  - Joyce DiDonato/Edgaras Montvidas/Nabil Suliman/Cho 
13 Allez, laissez-moi seul.... Coeur sans amour, printemps sans roses: Cendrillon  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Ly 
14 Nacqui all'affanno: La Cenerentola  - Joyce DiDonato/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon 
15 Ô frêle corps.... Chère Cypris: Ariane  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Ly 
16 Seien wir wieder gut!: Ariadne auf Naxos  - Joyce DiDonato/Nabil Suliman/Orchestre de l'Opéra 


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