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Handel & Porpora: Songs & Arias 'The London Years' / Julie Boulianne, mezzo soprano

Notes & Reviews:

In January 1733, wanting to counter Handel's dominance, a group of nobles announced the inception of a new opera company. They pulled out all the stops to recruit a prestigious cast of singers and to poach almost all the members of Handel and impresario John James Heidegger's company, starting with castrato Senesino who confirmed in June that he was switching companies. They took the opportunity to call upon Neapolitan composer Nicola Porpora, who was considered as "more modern", and invited him to be the opera's musical director. His magnificent reputation spoke for itself.

Neighboring opera houses, two ambitious composers and a public thirsty for novelty, was a recipe for guaranteed success. One will present his production two months before his rival's scheduled premiere performance, while the other will fire back the following month with his take on the story presented at the rival venue. A ferocious competition that lead to the composition of great works interpreted here with verve and emotion by the talented Julie Boulianne!

Known for her musical intelligence and great sensitivity, French-Canadian mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne has quickly conquered the greatest audiences around the world. While at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, she sang the roles of Ascanio (Berlioz's Les Troyens), Siebel (Gounod's Faust), Kuchtík (Dvorák's Rusalka), Diane (Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride) and Stéphano (Gounod's Roméo et Juliette).


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