contraltos Ruggiero & Medoro ftw

for those getting a headache this past week in Venice from Medoro, let me offer a solution that works on so many levels, or as I say it, music written for contraltos sung by contraltos, ❤

do take a moment (or five) just to hear how WARM the sound is!!! as well as the acting!!

And while we are at it, please feel absolutely free to imagine Lucia Cirillo’s Alcina to this Ruggiero…

to jog our memory, at about here, Alcina is caressing Ruggiero on top of the steps…

while the adorable hippogriff kneeling to Bradamante…

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the mezzo-contralto love medley

Time for discovery…

Dorilla: Romina Basso, mezzo-soprano
Elmiro: Serena Malfi, mezzo-soprano
Nomio: Marina de Liso, mezzo-soprano
Filindo: Lucia Cirillo, mezzo-soprano
Eudamia: Sonia Prina, contralto
Admeto: Christian Senn, baritone

In case you’re not convinced yet, how about the 1-liner description of each character (copied from the description of the youtube video link below):

Dorilla (Romina Basso, mezzo-soprano): daughter of Admeto, in ❤ with Elmiro (mezzo)
Elmiro (Serena Malfi, mezzo-soprano): a shepherd, in ❤ with Dorilla (mezzo)
Nomio (Marina de Liso, mezzo-soprano): god Apollo disguised as a shepherd, in ❤ with Dorilla (mezzo)
Filindo (Lucia Cirillo, mezzo-soprano): in ❤ with Eudamia (contralto)
Eudamia (Sonia Prina, contralto): a nymph, in ❤ with Elmiro (mezzo)

not sure what the bass does in here.. and some other minor details:
I Barocchisti (on period instruments), conducted by Diego Fasolis.

what are we waiting for?!

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(possibly we’re waiting for a live show of this with this similar kind of line up)
(ha!! Vivaldi’s Four Season excerpt is in the opening chorus!!
Btw, actually it sounds like Vivadi’s Juditha Triumphan music actually, that chorus..)

music to bridge Wed-Thur

clip from a channel called “Barock’n roll”, very appropriate! I have been quite curious for a while where this aria fits in, especially because E.Haïm seems to cut it in all her versions… here it is, along with the growling (in low notes) and finger pointing! Bonus: Mezzo in glasses and lots of female players in the orchestra.


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Händel Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno; Disinganno’s aria (translation text also thanks to the poster).

Chi già fu del biondo crine
consigliero, al suol cadrà.

Soffra pur le sue ruine,
se sovente egli compose
con i gigli e con le rose
tanti inganni alla beltà

He who was once the counsellor of
blond tresses shall fall to the ground.

Let him indeed suffer ruin,
since so often he devised,
with lilies and roses,
so many deceits for beauty.

Romina Basso radio alert

look at the cast!! and conductor!

Live radio streaming on Sveriges Radio P2
Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
Sandrine Piau, sopran
Inga Kalna, sopran
Romina Basso, kontraalt
Michael Spyres, tenor
Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
Emmanuelle Haïm, dirigent
Live concert: 12 Januari 2018 Berwaldhallen

When: Friday 12/Jan/2018, at 7.00pm Central Eastern time, 1.00pm Eastern time, 10.00am Pacific time.
Link: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/1009207?programid=4427

(also annoyingly i’ll have a telecon right in the middle of this, *(&$#%#, but i’ll keep the capturing running again. i guess the time to avoid telecon is afternoon..)

baroque tuesday

Romina Basso as Nicodemo, Sara Mingardo as Maria, Anna Simboli as San Giovanni, Alessandro Scarlatti "La vergine dei dolori" © Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski

Romina Basso as Nicodemo, Sara Mingardo as Maria, Anna Simboli as San Giovanni, Alessandro Scarlatti “La vergine dei dolori”
© Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski

After drooling over at Anik’s site reading up on Romina Basso, I went digging a bit and found this above photo. There’s an official album from the production site! and a live recording! How about a contralto to trumpet to continue Tuesday (or start Wednesday, depending on where you are globally):

Part 2.

sunday midnight music

i was going to write a loooong rant on the detroit symphony orchestra stream broadcasting’s exclusion of N.Stutzmann’s (and S.Mingardo’s) visit next week (i have tickets for both events!! *.and.* also in DC!!) but have since calmed down and was seeking music for the working night… how about this contralto! (was quite a suspense as we hear her voice first before seeing the face.. and i was in search particularly for the piece as to discover other orchestra’s and singers’ takes..)


(they still managed to squeeze a CT in there! wonder which role he’ll sing, may be the 20th witch?)
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Edit:
— As i suspected, the CT took over the job of the witch.. the *same* role that I saw in a clip just before this posted clip, with N.Stutzmann herself!
— omg, *another* CT singing that earworm duet “to mar the hunting sport”, the single most sticky tune this past whole 3 weeks!
— here’s the screen capture for the night, queen Dido contemplating joining the girls duetting about what fun life there is.