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The history of opera is inseparably linked with the biographies of singers; audiences have always been fascinated by both musical prowess and behind the scenes goings-on.
The battle for prestige and fame was heated and passionate in the Baroque era, with legendary rivalries. Fiercely competitive, Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni were among the most acclaimed divas of the age, resorting to fisticuffs on stage.
Present-day prima donnas Vivica Genaux, Sonia Prina, Marry-Ellen Nesi and Romina Basso now follow in the footsteps of their fervid predecessors, presenting on disc a tongue-in-cheek survey of standout arias for mezzo soprano and contralto.
Three star mezzos and a magnificent top contralto are accompanied by the superb Greek orchestra Armonia Atenea under conductor George Petrou, winner of Germany’s prestigious ECHO Klassik Prize.
Francesco Maria Veracini: Adriano in Syria
"Amor dover rispetto "
Johann Adolph Hasse: Artaserse - Opera in 3 Acts
"Pallido il sole"
Christoph Willibald von Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide, Wq 40 / Act 3
"Ma fille … Jupiter, lance ta foudre!"
Antonio Vivaldi: Il Giustino, RV 717 / Act 2
"Vedro con mio diletto"
Johann Adolph Hasse: Tigrane
"Solca il mar e nel periglio"
"Fra quest’ombre Solimano"
Giovanni Battista Bononcini: Astianatte
"Spera che questo cor"
Christoph Willibald von Gluck: Paride ed Elena, Wq 39 / Act 2