• Thursday, Sep 27, 2012

    Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Performs Drama Queens with Il Complesso Barocco, November 18 at Carnegie Hall

    Program Features Royal Arias from 17th and 18th Century Operas by Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Orlandini, Handel, and Others
    Image of Joyce DiDonato © Josef Fischnaller licensed to Virgin Classics 
    Carnegie Hall presents Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and renowned Baroque orchestra Il Complesso Barocco, led by violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky, in Drama Queens—a concert featuring opera arias exploring the varied and extreme emotional states of noble characters—on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

    Drama Queens surveys the high drama, profound emotion, fearless vocal writing, and historical significance of royal characters in 17th and 18th century opera. Ms. DiDonato lends her regal voice and presence to arias from Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea, Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Radamisto, and Alesandro, and other Baroque operas by Giovanni Porta, Geminiano Giacomelli, Giuseppi Maria Orlandini, Antonio Cesti, and Johann Adolph Hasse. Completing the program, Dmitry Sinkovsky leads Il Complesso Barocco in Scarlatti’s Sinfonía in C Major, Sinfonía from Tolomeo et Alessandro, and Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Minor for Violin, Strings, and Continuo.

    About The Artists
    Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, has soared to international prominence in operas by Rossini, Handel, and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography. Born in Kansas and a graduate of Wichita State University and The Academy of Vocal Arts, Ms. DiDonato trained in the young artist programs of the San Francisco, Houston, and Santa Fe opera companies. Her signature parts include roles in Rossini’s La cenerentola and Il barbiere di Siviglia—her Rosina at The Metropolitan Opera won over audiences in New York and on cinema screens all over the world.

    Ms. DiDonato began the current season with her first recital tour to South America. Future plans include the title role of Maria Stuarda with The Metropolitan Opera and the title role of La donna del lago at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at the Santa Fe Opera Festival. An exclusive recording artist with EMI/Virgin Classics, Ms. DiDonato’s third EMI/Virgin Classics solo CD, Diva Divo, won a Grammy Award this year in the category of Best Classical Vocal Solo. The disc comprises arias by male and female characters that tell the same story from their different perspectives, celebrating the rich dramatic world of the mezzo-soprano. Virgin Classics will release Ms. DiDonato's new album, Drama Queens: Royal Arias from the 17th and 18th centuries, on November 6, in advance of her November 18 Carnegie Hall program featuring repertoire from the recording.

    Founded in Amsterdam in 1979 by Alan Curtis, one of the most acclaimed specialists in the interpretation of pre-romantic music, Il Complesso Barocco has become a renowned international Baroque orchestra with a focus on Italian Baroque opera and oratorio. Their high standard for interpretation, intonation, and stylistic accuracy has led to their being requested in the most important concert venues and festivals in Europe and America.

    Their rich discography was, for a time, devoted to late madrigal repertory, and the film director Werner Herzog chose the ensemble as protagonists for his film Morte a cinque voci dedicated to the composer Carlo Gesualdo. They’ve recorded Michelangelo Rossi’s Primo Libro di Madrigali, vocal works by Antonio Lotti, the complete duets and selected madrigals by Monteverdi, Guarini’s Pastor Fido cycle as set to music by Sigismondo d’India, Monteverdi, and Marenzio and Carlo Gesualdo’s complete Libro Sesto delli Madrigali. Alan Curtis, together with Il Complesso Barocco, has played a fundamental role in the modern revival of Baroque operas, especially those of Monteverdi, Vivaldi and Handel. Admeto, the first Handel opera to be revived with original instruments, including theorbo, was conducted by Alan Curtis in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 1979 at which time it was recorded by EMI and widely praised; it was reissued in CD a quarter of a century later by Virgin.

    Program Information
    Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    , Mezzo-Soprano
    Il Complesso Barocco
    Dmitry Sinkovsky, Director and Violin


    GIUSEPPI MARIA ORLANDINI "Da torbida procella" from Berenice
    ANTONIO CESTI "Intorno all'idol mio" from Oronotea
    ANTONIO VIVALDI Concerto in D Minor for Violin, Strings, and Continuo, RV 242
    CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI "Disprezzata regina" from L'incoronazione di Poppea
    DOMENICO SCARLATTI Sinfonía from Tolomeo et Alessandro
    GEMINIANO GIACOMELLI "Sposa son disprezzata" from Merope
    JOHANN ADOLPH HASSE "Morte, col fiero aspetto" from Antonio e Cleopatra
    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL "Piangerò la sorté mia" from Giulio Cesare
    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Passacaglia, Act II from Radamisto
    GIOVANNI PORTA "Madre diletta" from Ifigenia in Aulide
    DOMENICO SCARLATTI Sinfonía in C Major
    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL "Brilla nell' alma un non inteso ancor" from Alesandro

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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