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Diva Divo

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by Joyce DiDonato
 

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Joyce DiDonato's capacity for characterization is as astounding as the range and flexibility of her voice. 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 story.

As DiDonato explains: "This recital celebrates

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Joyce DiDonato's capacity for characterization is as astounding as the range and flexibility of her voice. 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 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."

The program features several roles that DiDonato has sung on stage, such as Rossini's Cenerentola, Bellini's Romeo, and Mozart's Cherubino. The 'flip sides' of those characters are roles that have not been featured in her repertoire: the Prince from Massenet's Cherubini; the Nurse from Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette, and both Chérubin (from Massenet's 'sequel' to Le nozze di Figaro) and Susanna.

The Figaro connection continues with an excerpt from Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina, of course, later becomes Countess Almaviva), while the other operas on the program, include La clemenza di Tito (Sesto and Vitellia), Faust, La Damnation de Faust, Mefistofele, Orphée et Eurydice, Orfeo, and Orphée aux Enfers.

Accompanying Joyce DiDonato in this tour de force is the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon under the company's Principal Conductor Kazushi Ono, another artist who successfully embraces an extraordinary diversity of musical idioms. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2011
Label:
Erato
UPC:
5099964198606
catalogNumber:
41986

Tracks

  1. Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-II (TrV 228a) (revised version): Sein wir wieder gut!  - Richard Strauss  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall  - Nabil Suliman
  2. Ariane, opera in 5 acts: Ô frêle corps...Chère Cypris  - Jules Massenet  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Catulle Mendes  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall
  3. La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Nacqui all'affanno  - Gioachino Rossini  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Jacopo Ferretti  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall  - Elena Semenova  - Nabil Suliman  - Paolo Stupenengo  - Pascale Obrecht
  4. Cendrillon, opera in 4 acts: Allez, laissez-moi seul...Coeur sans amour, printe  - Jules Massenet  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Henri Cain  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall
  5. I Capuleti e i Montecchi, opera: Ascolta! Se Romeo t'uccise un figlio...La tremenda  - Vicenzo Bellini  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Felice Romani  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - Edgaras Montvidas  - George Hall  - Nabil Suliman
  6. Roméo et Juliette, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra ("symphonie dramatique"), H.79 (Op. 17): Premiers transports que nul n'oublie  - Hector Berlioz  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Emile Deschamps  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall
  7. La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24): D'amour l'ardente flamme  - Hector Berlioz  - Hector Berlioz  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Almire Gandonniere  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall
  8. Faust, opera: Faites-lui mes aveux  - Charles Gounod  - Jules Barbier  - Michel Carré  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall
  9. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Contro un cor  - Gioachino Rossini  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Cesare Sterbini  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - Edgaras Montvidas  - George Hall
  10. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Lorenzo da Ponte  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall
  11. La Clemenza di Tito, opera, K. 621: Non più di fiori  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Caterino Mazzola  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall
  12. La Clemenza di Tito, opera, K. 621: Ecco il punto, o Vitellia  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Caterino Mazzola  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall
  13. La clemenza di Tito, opera in 3 acts, Wq. 16: Se mai senti spirarti sul volto  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Pietro Metastasio  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall
  14. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Deh, vieni, non tardar  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Lorenzo da Ponte  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall
  15. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Giunse alfin il momento  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Lorenzo da Ponte  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall
  16. Chérubin, opera in 3 acts: Je suis gris!  - Jules Massenet  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  - Francis de Croisset  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Béatrice Vierne  - Alan Woodbridge  - Henri Cain  - Joyce DiDonato  - Kazushi Ono  - George Hall

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Diva Divo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
JOYCE DiDONATO: DIVA/DIVO as a concept for a recording is just one of the many aspects of this extraordinarily gifted artist: the creative idea of a mezzo-soprano singing both the male and female roles from operas of the same theme is an exciting and original one. Add to that that the agility and sensitivity of DiDonato's technique and glorious scope of her vocal instrument as well as her ability to inhabit every role or song of composers so completely and professionally and the thrill of this recording may begin to be understood. Joyce DiDonato has become a true diva around the world in a relatively short time. An American singer from Kansas she has stunned the opera stages with her interpretation of many of the Rossini roles (she is now preparing Rossini's 'La Donna del Lago' to add to her repertoire). It is rare to find a singer with such flexibility over a very wide range - contralto to coloratura - and never offer anything but beautiful tone and ardor to the entire spectrum. Something that can't be completely appreciated from recordings alone is the impact she has as a stage presence: in her recent solo recital in Los Angeles she opened the program with the impossibly demanding 'Scena di Berenice' by Haydn and could have made that her sole offering for the evening, so powerful and acrobatically perfect and emotionally profound was that rarely heard scene. The remainder of her program was as creative as the opening (Chaminade, Rossini, Hahn, and some rarely heard Italian songs), interspersed with the warmest audience conversations and comments that rarely accompany a recital so demanding. The same can be said of this fascinating program. She offers trouser roles and female heroines from various operas, matching Massenet's 'Chérubin' the same character as created by Mozart for Le Nozze di Figaro, two characters from two operas that are based on the fairy tale of Cinderella (Rossini's 'Centerentola' versus Massenet's 'Cendrillon'), 'Ariane' of Massenet with Strauss's Composer from 'Ariadne auf Naxos', and so forth. it is a very clever idea and DiDonato pulls it off with such ease and interest that audiences will find this recording being a mainstay on the CD player. Favorite arias such as 'Contro un cor' (with tenor Edgaras Montvidas as the Count) from 'The Barber of Seville' and 'Voi che sapete' are side by side with many arias with which most are completely unfamiliar. Kazushi Ono conducts the Orchestre et choeur de l'Opéra National de Lyon as a fine collaborator. Joyce DiDonato has it all - brilliance of technique, intelligence, creativity of programming, alluring interpretations, and remarkable physical beauty. This is one of the finest collections recorded in years. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp