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Porpora: Il Maestro




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29th Sept 2014




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Porpora: Il Maestro

Opera Arias


Se tu la reggi al volo (from Ezio)

Vorrei spiegar l'affanno (from Semiramide riconosciuta)

Già si desta la tempesta (from Didone abbandonata)

Torbido intorno al core (from Meride e Selinunte)

Il pastor se torna aprile (from Semiramide riconosciuta)

Distillatevi o cieli (from Il verbo in carne - oratorio per la nascita di Gesù Cristo)

Con alma intrepida (from Meride a Selinunte)

A voi ritorno campagne amene (from Il ritiro - cantata a voce sola con stromenti)

Dolci freschi aurette...Nell'attendere il mio bene (from Polifemo)

Alto Giove (from Polifemo)

Spesso di nubi cinto (from Carlo il Calvo)

Non lasciar chi t'ama tanto (Vulcano - cantata a voce sola con violini)

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Franco Fagioli talks to Presto's Katherine Cooper about Porpora: Il Maestro here.

Following 'Arias for Caffarelli', a major hit for naïve, this new recording from Franco Fagioli, offers 12 opera arias by Nicola Porpora, who was both a composer and the teacher of Caffarelli and Farinelli, among many others. Franco, through his amazing technique and breathtaking emotional power, pays tribute to the original and refined vocal art nurtured by Porpora in the framework of Naples in the 18th century. The recording features hits such as Polifemo’s 'Alto Giove' but also lesser-known scores, all performed with baroque specialists Academia Montis Regalis, conducted by Alessandro de Marchi.

Nicola Porpora: Ezio

Ezio, Act I Scene 9: Se tu la reggi al volo

Nicola Porpora: Semiramide riconosciuta

Act I Scene 4: Vorrei spiegar l'affano

Nicola Porpora: Didone abbandonata

Didone abbandonata, Act III Scene 13: Gia si desta la tempesta

Nicola Porpora: Meride e Selinunte

Act II Scene 13: Torbido intorno al core

Semiramide riconosciuta

Act II Scene 6: Il pastor se torna aprile

Nicola Porpora: Il verbo in carne: Distillatevi o cieli

Il verbo in carne: Distillatevi o cieli

Meride e Selinunte

Act III Scene 3: Con alma intrepida

Nicola Porpora: Il ritiro, "Lasciovi al fin grandezze"

Il ritiro, "Lasciovi al fin grandezze": Aria: A voi ritorno campagne amene

Nicola Porpora: Polifemo

Act II Scene 5: Aria: Nell'attendere il mio bene

Act III Scene 5: Aria: Alto Giove

Nicola Porpora: Carlo il calvo

Carlo il calvo, Act II Scene 14: Spesso di nubi cinto

Nicola Porpora: Il Vulcano, "Da tue veloci candide colombe"

Il Vulcano, "Da tue veloci candide colombe": Aria: Non lasciar chi t'ama tanto

The Guardian

9th October 2014


“Fagioli is an utterly beguiling interpreter, both in the big display pieces, where his vocal athleticism is staggering, and in slower, more intimate numbers...where both he and Porpora are at their most affecting...There’s terrific playing, too, from the Academia Montis Regalis under Alessandro de Marchi.”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2014

“Fagioli sings with fulsome bravado and technical virtuosity...[and] regards Porpora's arias as a laboratory for learning.”


January 2015

“Fagoli [is]…the possessor of one of today’s most complete vocal techniques… The support from De Marchi and his orchestra is first rate…anyone who loves great singing should hear the CD. It is a disc in a thousand, which deserves to garner awards galore.”

MusicWeb International

7th January 2015

“The technical gifts of the modern counter-tenor have increased enormously in the last few years and Fagioli is undoubtedly one of the new masters…superb singing and impressive orchestral playing.”

BBC Music Magazine

March 2015


“Fagioli forges his own powerful execution out of practices that Porpora helped invent. Ornaments of fiendish length, tempo and range spur Fagioli onto ever-greater displays, racing ahead of the band. He is intense, yet precise, with a three-octave register that is astonishingly rich from top to bottom.”

Early Music Today

March/May 2015

“the vocal agility, the virtuoso coloratura – and actually, the pitch – are simply astonishing…This is a CD to encourage you to pack your bags, head for sunnier climes and find out more about Porpora, preferably taking Fagioli as your guide.”

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