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Roma Travestita

Bruno De Sá

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In male opera singing, high tessituras have enjoyed widespread success in recent years. After countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, who gained fame following his performance at the Festival d'Aix-en Provence in 2017, and Pene Pati, whose interpretation of Rigoletto that same year propelled him into superstardom, it’s now Bruno de Sá's turn to enter the big leagues. The Brazilian male soprano, who possesses a breath-taking voice capable of reaching the highest of notes, has released "Roma travestita" – his first recital for Erato.


The programme offers an overview of two centuries of castrato repertoire, from the late 16th century onwards, during which time the Roman Church prohibited the presence of women in any stage performance. Some compositional treasures written for this rare tessitura are still accessible today, immortalised by great names such as Farinelli or Farfallino, whose reputation now reaches far beyond the realms of classical music.


Fortunately, the practice of castration has all but disappeared today, but it is thus even more unusual to find male interpreters with the vocal capacities to interpret these female roles. This programme is the result of the extremely well-documented work carried out by Yannis. Alongside some essential arias by Antonio Vivaldi, Baldassare Galuppi and Nicolo Piccinini, you’ll also discover some delicious rarities written by Rinaldo di Capua, Giuseppe Arena and Francisco Fajer, amongst others. Surrounded by the remarkable ensemble Il Pomo d'oro, conducted by Francesco Corti, Bruno de Sá dazzles with his outstanding technique and flawlessly refined tone, free from imperfections.


The only drawback is that the chosen pieces purely demonstrate technical virtuosity. It would have been great to see more variety in the selection—less bel canto, more sobriety. It's all a matter of balance. This first album certainly makes an impact, however. By the time a second album is released, the singer's reputation will undoubtedly be well established, giving way to a programme that’s less virtuoso and more full-bodied. In the meantime, let's enjoy Bruno de Sá's rare talent that has allowed the world to rediscover these incredible works! © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz

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1
Griselda, Act 1: "Dì che sogno, o che deliro" (Griselda)
00:01:27

ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI, Composer - Apostolo Zeno, Poet - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Griselda, Act 2: "Mi rivedi, o selva ombrosa" (Griselda)
00:05:24

ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI, Composer - Apostolo Zeno, Poet - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Il farnace, Act 2: "Lascerò d'esser spietata" (Berenice)
00:05:29

Antonio Maria Lucchini, Poet - Leonardo Vinci, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Giustino, RV 717, Act 2: "Per noi soave e bella" (Arianna)
00:04:55

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Nicolò Beregan, Poet - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Giustino, RV 717, Act 3: "Senza l'amato ben" (Leocasta)
00:06:09

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Nicolò Beregan, Poet - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Vologeso, re de' parti, Act 2: "Nell'orror di notte oscura" (Berenice)
00:07:22

Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Rinaldo Di Capua, Composer - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Guido Eustachio Luccarelli, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Achille in Sciro, Act 1: "Del sen gl'ardori nessun mi vanti" (Deidamia)
00:04:21

Pietro Metastasio, Poet - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Giuseppe Arena, Composer - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Evergete, Act 1: "Qual pellegrino errante" (Candace)
00:08:31

Baldassare Galuppi, Composer - Domenico Lalli, Poet - Francesco Silvani, Poet - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Adelaide, Act 2: "Timida pastorella" (Adelaide)
00:08:32

Antonio Salvi, Poet - Gioacchino Cocchi, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Adelaide, Act 1: "Nobil onda" (Adelaide)
00:07:44

Antonio Salvi, Poet - Gioacchino Cocchi, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

11
Livia Claudia vestale, Act 2: "Padre, germano" - "Vadasi pure a morte" (Livia Claudia)
00:05:42

Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Nicola Conforto, Composer - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Anastasio Guidi, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Pompeo magno in Armenia, Act 3: "Grato oblio, soave pace" (Giulia)
00:02:49

Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Francisco Javier Garcia Fajer, Composer - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Anastasio Guidi, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

13
La buona figliuola, Act 1: "Furie di donna irata" (La Marchesa Lucinda)
00:05:13

Carlo Goldoni, Poet - Niccolò Piccinni, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Francesco Corti, Conductor - Bruno De Sá, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

In male opera singing, high tessituras have enjoyed widespread success in recent years. After countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, who gained fame following his performance at the Festival d'Aix-en Provence in 2017, and Pene Pati, whose interpretation of Rigoletto that same year propelled him into superstardom, it’s now Bruno de Sá's turn to enter the big leagues. The Brazilian male soprano, who possesses a breath-taking voice capable of reaching the highest of notes, has released "Roma travestita" – his first recital for Erato.


The programme offers an overview of two centuries of castrato repertoire, from the late 16th century onwards, during which time the Roman Church prohibited the presence of women in any stage performance. Some compositional treasures written for this rare tessitura are still accessible today, immortalised by great names such as Farinelli or Farfallino, whose reputation now reaches far beyond the realms of classical music.


Fortunately, the practice of castration has all but disappeared today, but it is thus even more unusual to find male interpreters with the vocal capacities to interpret these female roles. This programme is the result of the extremely well-documented work carried out by Yannis. Alongside some essential arias by Antonio Vivaldi, Baldassare Galuppi and Nicolo Piccinini, you’ll also discover some delicious rarities written by Rinaldo di Capua, Giuseppe Arena and Francisco Fajer, amongst others. Surrounded by the remarkable ensemble Il Pomo d'oro, conducted by Francesco Corti, Bruno de Sá dazzles with his outstanding technique and flawlessly refined tone, free from imperfections.


The only drawback is that the chosen pieces purely demonstrate technical virtuosity. It would have been great to see more variety in the selection—less bel canto, more sobriety. It's all a matter of balance. This first album certainly makes an impact, however. By the time a second album is released, the singer's reputation will undoubtedly be well established, giving way to a programme that’s less virtuoso and more full-bodied. In the meantime, let's enjoy Bruno de Sá's rare talent that has allowed the world to rediscover these incredible works! © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz

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