DiDonato, Joyce

Rossini: Colbran, the Muse (opera arias)

CD
2 Nov 2009

Barcode: 5099969457906

Other participants: Joyce DiDonato · Orchestra e Coro dell' Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia · Edoardo Müller

“A superstar in the Rossini repertory” Chicago Tribune

After the success of her first Furore, arias by Handel – Joyce DiDonato turns to the composer whose heroines first brought her to international stardom: Gioacchino Rossini.

“Is Joyce DiDonato the world's best Rossini singer?”, asked the New York magazine Opera News after the American mezzo sang the finale of La Cenerentola at Carnegie Hall in January 2009. “That title certainly seemed hers by sovereign right,” it continued; “Her phrasing was silky, her timbre rich and glowing, and her ornaments were impeccably stylish and utterly beguiling. Most impressive was DiDonato's combination of immaculate technical control with an air of wild, unstoppable joy. This was truly a moment to treasure from an artist who is at the very top of her game.”

If La Cenerentola does not appear in this new recital, recorded in Rome in June, her other signature Rossini role holds a place of honour: she has been described by the UK’s Sunday Times as “the world’s reigning Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia”. In 2009 alone she sings the role in Vienna, London (to be recorded for DVD by Erato) and New York, and the role has also taken her to Paris, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Houston, San Francisco, Bologna and Rossini’s birthplace, Pesaro.

This Rossini programme includes two arias from La donna del lago, which DiDonato is scheduled to sing over the coming seasons in Geneva, Paris, Milan and London. She takes the role of Elena, written for a soprano, but a great success in the 1980s for DiDonato’s idol, fellow high mezzo Frederica von Stade. The other arias on the CD were also all composed for soprano: they come from Otello, Semiramide, Armida, Maometto II and Elisabetta regina d'Inghilterra.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 D'amor al dolce impero: Armida  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
02 Oh mattutini albori: La donna del lago  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
03 Tanti affetti in tal momento: La donna del lago  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
04 Fra il padre, e fra l'amante: La donna del lago  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
05 Giusto ciel, in tal periglio: Maometto II  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
06 Qant'è grato all'alma mia: Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
07 Serena i vaghi rai.... Bel raggio lusinghier: Semiramide  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
08 Bel raggio lusinghier di speme: Semiramide  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
09 Ah! Dagli affanni oppressa: Otello  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
10 Nessun maggior dolore: Otello  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
11 O come infino al core: Otello  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
12 Assisa appiè d'un salice: Otello  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
13 Deh calma, o ciel, nel sonno: Otello  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
14 Se al mio crudel tormento: Armida  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
15 Dove son io!: Armida  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 
16 È ver....gode quest'anima: Armida  - Joyce DiDonato/Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale 


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