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Tudor Queens

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Gaetano Donizetti drew inspiration from the Tudor queens and their sad fates to compose three operas that are considered some of the best works of bel canto: Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux. It is a great opportunity for a singer of Diana Damrau’s calibre who, like her colleague Beverly Sills has done in the past, uses the Italian composer’s sumptuous melodies to express the femininity and determination of these heroines who fell victim to either machismo or raison d'état.


The final scenes presented in this album detail terrible demises, even though Donizetti and his librettists don’t strictly stick to historical truth. Poor Mary Stuart is beheaded by her cousin while Queen Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn’s heads are chopped off by Henry VIII. Elizabeth is plunged into despair after the love of her life, Roberto, the Earl of Essex, is executed. Stricken with grief, she starts hallucinating and sees the crown of England bathed in blood and a man running around the palace wearing her own head. One hundred years after Donizetti, cinema has been able to explore these macabre situations even more vividly.


Diana Damrau is particularly fond of Donizetti's characterisation of the three women. He gives them, she says, “the capacity to love, an enormous tenderness, an insatiable desire, vulnerability, a grandiose appearance, strength, conviction, vanity, pride, greed, ruthlessness, determination and harshness, a sense of responsibility and power, anger, rage, despair, helplessness, distress, sadness... and an underlying anxiety of death”. At the lectern we find Maestro Antonio Pappano, heading the Choir, Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and six vocal soloists. He has chiselled away at the accompaniments, elevating the tragedy of these three heart-breaking fates. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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1
Anna Bolena, Act 2: "Chi può vederla" (Chorus)
00:05:52

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Diana Damrau, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Anna Bolena, Act 2: "Piangete voi?" (Anna)
00:04:50

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Anna Bolena, Act 2: "Al dolce guidami" (Anna, Chorus)
00:04:34

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Anna Bolena, Act 2: "Qual mesto suon?" (Anna, Hervey, Percy, Rochefort, Smeton, Chorus)
00:04:32

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Saverio Fiore, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Domenico Pellicola, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sara Rocchi, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Anna Bolena, Act 2: "Cielo, a'miei lunghi spasimi" (Anna, Percy, Rochefort, Smeton)
00:02:08

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Domenico Pellicola, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sara Rocchi, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Anna Bolena, Act 2: "Chi mi sveglia?" (Anna, Percy, Rochefort, Smeton, Chorus)
00:02:10

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Domenico Pellicola, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sara Rocchi, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Anna Bolena, Act 2: "Coppia iniqua, l'estrema vendetta" (Anna, Percy, Rochefort, Smeton, Chorus)
00:03:22

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Domenico Pellicola, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sara Rocchi, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Maria Stuarda, Act 3: "Vedeste? Vedemmo" (Chorus)
00:06:21

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Diana Damrau, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Maria Stuarda, Act 3: "Anna…Qui più sommessi" (Maria, Anna, Chorus)
00:04:17

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Sara Rocchi, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Maria Stuarda, Act 3: "Deh! Tu di un umile" (Maria, Anna, Talbot, Chorus)
00:04:01

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Sara Rocchi, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Andrii Ganchuk, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Maria Stuarda, Act 3: "Oh colpo!!" (Maria, Cecil, Chorus)
00:01:13

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Maria Stuarda, Act 3: "Di un cor che muore" (Maria, Anna, Cecil, Talbot, Chorus)
00:03:42

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sara Rocchi, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Andrii Ganchuk, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Maria Stuarda, Act 3: "Giunge il Conte"(Maria, Leicester, Cecil, Talbot, Chorus)
00:02:08

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Domenico Pellicola, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Andrii Ganchuk, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Maria Stuarda, Act 3: "Ah! se un giorno da queste ritorte Conte" (Maria, Anna, Leicester, Cecil, Talbot, Chorus)
00:04:43

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Fabrizio Beggi, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Domenico Pellicola, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sara Rocchi, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Andrii Ganchuk, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Roberto Devereux, Act 3: "E Sara in questi orribili momenti" (Elisabetta, Chorus)
00:03:37

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Roberto Devereux, Act 3: "Vivi, ingrate" (Elisabetta)
00:03:09

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Roberto Devereux, Act 3: "Che m'apporti" (Elisabetta, Cecil, Sara, Nottingham)
00:03:12

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra - Saverio Fiore, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Andrii Ganchuk, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Irida Dragoti, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Roberto Devereux, Act 3: "Quel sangue varsato al cielo" (Elisabetta, Chorus)
00:05:07

Antonio Pappano, Conductor - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Diana Damrau, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra

© 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Gaetano Donizetti drew inspiration from the Tudor queens and their sad fates to compose three operas that are considered some of the best works of bel canto: Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux. It is a great opportunity for a singer of Diana Damrau’s calibre who, like her colleague Beverly Sills has done in the past, uses the Italian composer’s sumptuous melodies to express the femininity and determination of these heroines who fell victim to either machismo or raison d'état.


The final scenes presented in this album detail terrible demises, even though Donizetti and his librettists don’t strictly stick to historical truth. Poor Mary Stuart is beheaded by her cousin while Queen Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn’s heads are chopped off by Henry VIII. Elizabeth is plunged into despair after the love of her life, Roberto, the Earl of Essex, is executed. Stricken with grief, she starts hallucinating and sees the crown of England bathed in blood and a man running around the palace wearing her own head. One hundred years after Donizetti, cinema has been able to explore these macabre situations even more vividly.


Diana Damrau is particularly fond of Donizetti's characterisation of the three women. He gives them, she says, “the capacity to love, an enormous tenderness, an insatiable desire, vulnerability, a grandiose appearance, strength, conviction, vanity, pride, greed, ruthlessness, determination and harshness, a sense of responsibility and power, anger, rage, despair, helplessness, distress, sadness... and an underlying anxiety of death”. At the lectern we find Maestro Antonio Pappano, heading the Choir, Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and six vocal soloists. He has chiselled away at the accompaniments, elevating the tragedy of these three heart-breaking fates. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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