Mozart: Arias for Male Soprano

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo, K. 366
>     Overture
>     Recitative and Aria. Ah qual gelido orror ... Il padre adorato
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Lucis Silla, K. 135
>     Recitative and Aria. Dunque sperar poss'io ... Il tenero momento
>     Aria. Ah se a morir mi chiama
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621
>     Overture
>     Aria. Deh per questo istante solo
>     Aria. Parto, ma tu ben mio
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo, K. 366
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Lucis Silla, K. 135
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Although Maniaci's voice is natural, his stunning performances give Boston Baroque the opportunity to add yet another "original" instrument – the male soprano voice – to their critically-acclaimed performing forces. Michael Maniaci has been lauded for "his natural male soprano that is probably the closest thing on earth to the sound of the castrati of long ago; and he uses it with a finesse that's rare among singers so young" (Toronto Globe and Mail). A voice type that was enormously popular in opera and religious music in the 17th century but completely disappeared over a century ago, the male castrato's true chest voice - unlike falsetto singers - was in the soprano or alto range, yet extremely powerful due to the male lung capacity. Up until now, all we have really known of this voice are the verbal descriptions of contemporary listeners and a single, scratchy recording made late in the life of the last castrato performer.

"American male soprano Michael Maniaci (he declines the descriptor countertenor) pursues beauty rather than power in his singing, which is entirely worth hearingMozart rarely if ever wrote the "arias for male soprano" promised on the cover of this release; he wrote for female singers. All this said, Maniaci's voice is unusual enough to make newsManiaci cultivates agility - quiet high notes are always impressively precise - and a delicate melodic qualityThe entire program is quite a departure for the U.S. Telarc labelWell worth hearing for aficionados of the high male voice." - All Music Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA, USA (02/05/2009-02/07/2009).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo, K. 366 :: Overture
  • Performer: Michael Maniaci (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Ensemble: Boston Baroque
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA, USA (02/05/2009-02/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1781

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo, K. 366 :: Recitative and Aria. Ah qual gelido orror ... Il padre adorato
  • Performer: Michael Maniaci (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Ensemble: Boston Baroque
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA, USA (02/05/2009-02/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1781

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Lucis Silla, K. 135 :: Recitative and Aria. Dunque sperar poss'io ... Il tenero momento
  • Performer: Michael Maniaci (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Ensemble: Boston Baroque
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA, USA (02/05/2009-02/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1772

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Lucis Silla, K. 135 :: Aria. Ah se a morir mi chiama
  • Performer: Michael Maniaci (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Ensemble: Boston Baroque
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA, USA (02/05/2009-02/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1772

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621 :: Overture
  • Performer: Michael Maniaci (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Ensemble: Boston Baroque
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA, USA (02/05/2009-02/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621 :: Aria. Deh per questo istante solo
  • Performer: Michael Maniaci (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Ensemble: Boston Baroque
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA, USA (02/05/2009-02/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621 :: Aria. Parto, ma tu ben mio
  • Performer: Michael Maniaci (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Ensemble: Boston Baroque
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA, USA (02/05/2009-02/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
  • Performer: Michael Maniaci (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Ensemble: Boston Baroque
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA, USA (02/05/2009-02/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1773