Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg attended the National College of Operatic Art in Stockholm, graduating in 1984. He teachers included Kerstin Meyer, Erik Sædén, and Joy Mammen. Hallenberg has performed at the major opera houses in Europe, and has appeared at music festivals and concerts in Europe and the United States. She has collaborated with such conductors as Fabio Biondi, Ivor Bolton, Frans Brüggen, William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Roy Goodman, Riccardo Muti, Jonathan Nott, Marc Minkowski, Christophe Rousset, and many others, in performances of operas by Vivaldi, Handel, Gluck, Mozart, and Rossini. She has recorded for Aparte, Glossa, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Naïve, and other labels. ~ Blair Sanderson
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Secular Vocal Music - Released May 31, 2017 | PentaTone
Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice
The Carnival of Venice in 1729 was quite unlike any other. Over a period of two months, opera houses went into a frenzy of competition to show off the most famous singers of the day, including the legendary castrato Farinelli who made his astonishing Venetian debut. Several of the most fashionable composers rose to the occasion, writing ravishing music for spectacular productions which often pitted the singers against each other in breathtaking displays of virtuosity. The results were sensational; one tour de force followed another in an atmosphere of fevered excitement and the adoring public lapped it up. The carnival opened with a star-studded cast in Leonardo Leo’s tragedy Cantone in Utica from which the dazzling aria Soffre talor del vento and the more gentle Ombra adorata are taken. Farinelli triumphed in Nicolo Porpora’s opera Semiramide, the perfect vehicle for his extraordinary technique. By contrast Adelaide by Giuseppe Maria Orlandini, another premiere, contains show-stopping displays for Farinelli’s arch rival Faustina Bordoni. And Germiano Giacomelli’s elegant opera Gianguir contains the achingly beautiful aria Mi par sentir la bella. Most of these rediscovered works are recorded here for the first time. (c) Pentatone
Secular Vocal Music - Released November 25, 2016 | Aparté
Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama
Secular Vocal Music - Released April 10, 2015 | deutsche harmonia mundi
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