- Ariodante, opera, HWV 33 - George Frideric Handel - Alan Curtis - Matthew Brook - William Hogarth - Alain Lanceron - Joyce DiDonato - Karina Gauvin - Complesso Barocco - Marie-Nicole Lemieux - Topi Lehtipuu - Coro del Complesso Barocco - Sabina Puértolas - Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani - Ilona Wellmann
Handel: Ariodanteby Joyce DiDonato, Alan Curtis
In Ariodante, DiDonato takes
In this complete recording of Ariodante, Alan Curtis, a supreme Handelian conductor and scholar, joins forces with glorious mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato, who, with her Virgin Classics album of Handel arias, ‘Furore’, “scored a triumph … which not only shows her phenomenal technical talent, but verily crackles with dramatic fire” (BBC).
In Ariodante, DiDonato takes the title role of a young prince - remaining in male mode throughout after her recent gender-swapping antics on the operatic recital CD ‘Diva, Divo’, The role was written for the star castrato Carestini and includes two contrasting showpieces - ‘Dopo notte’ and ‘Scherza, infida’ - both among the most famous of all Handel’s opera arias.
The supposedly unfaithful Princess Ginevra is sung here by the sensuous-toned Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin, praised in Handel by Opera News for her “tonal substance, even at pianissimo,” and her “real bel canto technique, all in one voice from top to bottom; the whole aria is carefully shaped without breaking the Baroque boundaries”. Joining DiDonato and Gauvin in the cast are another fine Canadian singer, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, the charming Spanish soprano Sabina Puertolas and the elegant Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu. From the Label
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Performance CreditsJoyce DiDonato Primary Artist
Alan Curtis Primary Artist
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