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Judith in disguise « parterre field

Hallenberg is heard as Giuditta in Mozart’s not often carried out oratorio La Betulia Liberata; Piau in (so far as I do know) her solely efficiency as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare.

Betulia Liberata options Mozart’s solely distinguished position written for a feminine mezzo-soprano: Giuditta or Judith of “she chopped off Holofernes’s head” fame. The libretto for this azione sacra is by Pietro Metastasio and was set many different occasions earlier than the younger Mozart had at it in 1771.

Though I had first heard Hallenberg in Berlin in early 2002, it’s generally held that her leap into worldwide prominence started in February 2003 when she changed Cecilia Bartoli at quick discover in Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno on the Zurich Opera. As we speak’s Mozart efficiency comes from later that yr and is perhaps Hallenberg’s first collaboration with Christophe Rousset with whom she’s performed many initiatives, together with her well-known “Farinelli” excursions.

I stay puzzled why PIau by no means sang Cleopatra past this Paris live performance efficiency which adopted by a number of months a stage manufacturing in Amsterdam with René Jacobs conducting the good Freiburger Barockorchester. Its solid was utterly completely different from Paris, nonetheless, apart from Lawrence Zazzo as Cesare. I don’t know of every other situations of Piau and Jacobs performing collectively. Then again, Ernman, Hämmarström and Dumaux all sang with Jacobs in Cesare at different occasions.

Piau has tended sing the secondary soprano position in a number of Handel operas: Dalinda moderately than Ginevra in Ariodante and Atalanta as a substitute of Romilda in Serse. She continues to carry out Alcina’s Morgana although her efficiency of the title position (out there on DVD) with Rousset is kind of fantastic.

Mozart: La Betulia Liberata

Giuditta: Ann Hallenberg
Amital: Jaël Azzaretti
Cabri/Carmi: Ingela Bohlin
Ozia: John MacVeigh
Achior: João Fernandes

Les Talens Lyriques
Conductor: Christophe Rousset

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
20 November 2003

Handel: Giulio Cesare

Cleopatra: Sandrine Piau
Cornelia: Kristina Hämmarström
Sesto: Malena Ernman
Cesare: Lawrence Zazzo
Tolomeo: Christophe Dumaux
Achilla: Nicolas Rivenq
Nireno: Andrew Radley
Curio: Andrew Davis

Freiburger Barockorchester
Conductor: René Jacobs

Salle Pleyel
14 June 2008

Each works may be downloaded by clicking on the icon of a cloud with an arrow pointing downward on the audio participant above and the ensuing mp3 file will seem in your obtain listing.

Come again subsequent Tuesday for the ultimate installment of Diva November.




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