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Joyce DiDonato|Drama Queens

Drama Queens

Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis

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Following the success of her 2011 album, Diva Divo, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato presents an exciting collection of virtuosic arias in her 2012 release on Virgin, Drama Queens. Drawing on royal roles in Baroque operas by Handel, Monteverdi, and Haydn, as well as selections from such minor composers as Orlandini, Porta, Keiser, Hasse, Cesti, and Giacomelli, DiDonato demonstrates both her impressive vocal abilities and a wide range of characterizations. Supported by the period ensemble Il Complesso Barocco, conducted by Alan Curtis, DiDonato sings with dynamic power and exquisite embellishments, executing runs and ornaments with sparkling brilliance and projecting her voice with ease. But even more important than her technical prowess is her charismatic presentation of these 17th and 18th century opera heroines, whose passionate emotions and exaggerated behavior are wonderfully realized in DiDonato's dramatic interpretations. Since Baroque opera has become something of a specialized interest of early music connoisseurs, DiDonato's album is a welcome introduction for listeners less familiar with this period, and her faithful performances make the era come to life with appealing freshness and vitality. Highly recommended.
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1
Berenice : Da torbida procella
Alan Curtis
00:06:05

Joyce DiDonato, Featured Vocalist, MainArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals - Giuseppe Maria Orlandini, Composer

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Ifigenia in Aulide: "Madre diletta, abbracciami" (Ifigenia)
Alan Curtis
00:07:39

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals - Giovanni Porta, Composer

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Alcina, HWV 34: "Ma quando tornerai" (Alcina)
Alan Curtis
00:04:09

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Fredegunda : Lasciami piangere
Alan Curtis
00:05:15

Joyce DiDonato, Featured Vocalist, MainArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Reinhard Keiser, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Antonio e Cleopatra : Morte, col fiero aspetto
Alan Curtis
00:04:09

Joyce DiDonato, Featured Vocalist, MainArtist - Johann Adolf Hasse, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17: "Piangerò la sorte mia" (Cleopatra)
Alan Curtis
00:06:45

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Orontea : Intorno all'idol mio
Alan Curtis
00:06:55

Joyce DiDonato, Featured Vocalist, MainArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Cesti, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Alessandro : Brilla nell'alma
Alan Curtis
00:05:56

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Featured Vocalist, MainArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Octavia : Geloso, sospetto
Alan Curtis
00:07:34

Joyce DiDonato, Featured Vocalist, MainArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Reinhard Keiser, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
L'incoronazione di Poppea : Disprezzata regina
Alan Curtis
00:06:05

Joyce DiDonato, Featured Vocalist, MainArtist - Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - Alan Curtis, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Merope: "Sposa, son disprezzata" (Merope)
Alan Curtis
00:08:48

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Geminiano Giacomelli, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Berenice : Col versar, barbaro, il sangue
Joyce DiDonato
00:03:41

Joyce DiDonato, Featured Vocalist, MainArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals - Giuseppe Maria Orlandini, Composer

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Armida, Hob. XXVIII:12, Act 2: "Vedi, se t'amo" - "Odio, furor, dispetto" (Armida)
Alan Curtis
00:04:17

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Alan Curtis, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Complesso Barocco, Lead Vocals, Ensemble, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

Following the success of her 2011 album, Diva Divo, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato presents an exciting collection of virtuosic arias in her 2012 release on Virgin, Drama Queens. Drawing on royal roles in Baroque operas by Handel, Monteverdi, and Haydn, as well as selections from such minor composers as Orlandini, Porta, Keiser, Hasse, Cesti, and Giacomelli, DiDonato demonstrates both her impressive vocal abilities and a wide range of characterizations. Supported by the period ensemble Il Complesso Barocco, conducted by Alan Curtis, DiDonato sings with dynamic power and exquisite embellishments, executing runs and ornaments with sparkling brilliance and projecting her voice with ease. But even more important than her technical prowess is her charismatic presentation of these 17th and 18th century opera heroines, whose passionate emotions and exaggerated behavior are wonderfully realized in DiDonato's dramatic interpretations. Since Baroque opera has become something of a specialized interest of early music connoisseurs, DiDonato's album is a welcome introduction for listeners less familiar with this period, and her faithful performances make the era come to life with appealing freshness and vitality. Highly recommended.
© TiVo

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