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Opera Arias / Joyce Didonato, et al

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Armida
>Rossini, Gioachino : La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Maometto secondo, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
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Notes & Reviews:

"While recording companies do not routinely concern themselves with exploring the legacies of singers that no one can reasonably hear, to her credit DiDonato takes this project quite seriously and does her best to channel Colbran through music that Rossini wrote for her... Virgin Classics' Colbran, the Muse is in every way excellent; Virgin Classics' Colbran, the Muse is a terrific star turn for DiDonato and an especially fine tribute to an artist whose voice gave way more than 50 years before Thomas Edison developed the technological means to capture it. This quirky idea succeeds so well that opera fans might regard it as privilege." -All Music Guide

"DiDonato turns in bravura performances to match the very best in several cases. Taken in sum, the disc is an achievement of outstanding quality... this is a superior disc of repertoire vital to an understanding of Rossini's operatic legacy, and it belongs in every bel canto collection. DiDonato is on winning form throughout, and one hopes that she will continue exploring in this vein." -MusicalCriticism.com

"If this repertoire had appeared in recordings of the 1930s, there would have been only one singer eligible for comparisons: Conchita Supervia. Nowadays there are so many, it is almost invidious to name Bartoli, Kasarova and Garanca as outstanding. Still one other, of the intermediate period, Frederica von Stade, must be added as she comes to mind most often during the course of this recital. And it must be said that the sadness and sense of foreboding which she infused into her voice in the "Willow Song" from Otello are not matched in the nevertheless very sensitive performance here by Joyce DiDonato. Nor, to return to the starting-point, is the tang and challenge of Supervia, both in voice and expression. But more than enough remains.

DiDonato is proving herself one of the most delightful artists of our time. She sings with a rare purity of tone, ease on the high Bs, an impressive degree of technical skill and lively powers of characterisation. She is invigoratingly precise in her placement, fluent in scale work and well furnished with staccati and trills. Ideally I would prefer the well articulated triplets (Berganza, for instance, managed this) to be sung legato rather than with the notes lightly separated as they are here; and I suppose one could wish for a greater range of colouration in the lower register. But the difficult repertoire is sung with charm and mastery, and from all we read, their original exponent, to whom the recital is dedicated, is worthily honoured. Choral and orchestral work are equally stylish, and the short tenor solos by Lawrence Brownlee are a treat." -Gramophone Awards, 2010 / Recital winner



Reviews

DiDonato Rossini (Colbran)
Terrrific range of arias - one hopes for many more CDs of this type from DiDonato, and complete operas (in this age of diminishing full operas). Most of all: superb singing! Brava
Submitted on 02/20/10 by Charlotte Webb 
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>Rossini, Gioachino : Armida :: Tema con Variazioni del Final Secondo
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Rossini, Gioachino : La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera :: Dell'Introduzione
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1819

>Rossini, Gioachino : La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera :: Rondò finale
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1819

>Rossini, Gioachino : La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera :: Fra il padre, e fra l'amante
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1819

>Rossini, Gioachino : Maometto secondo, opera :: Del Terzettone
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1820

>Rossini, Gioachino : Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, opera :: Cavatina Elisabetta
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1815

>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera :: Coro di Donne
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1823

>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera :: Cavatina Semiramide
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1823

>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera :: Act 3
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera :: Act 3
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera :: Act 3
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera :: Act 3
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera :: Act 3
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : Armida :: Third Finale
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Rossini, Gioachino : Armida :: Third Finale
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Rossini, Gioachino : Armida :: Third Finale
  • Performers: Carlo Putelli (Tenor); Roberta Nicola (Voice); Corrado Amici (Tenor); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (06/08/2009-06/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern