Radio Alert: Mezzo Vibes
[Darina Takova (Semiramide) and Daniela Barcellona (Arsace) in Rossini's "Semiramide", Pesaro 2003. - Photo Credit: Amati Bacciardi, via fenice.org]
Tonight at 6.05 p.m. (GMT+1) BR Klassik is broadcasting the August 10th recording of “Adelaide de Borgogna” from Bologna (Dmitri Jurowski conducting, worth checking out) with Daniela Barcellona as Ottone. Live stream access here.
I’ve had a soft spot for Barcellona ever since she swaggered her way through “Tancredi” at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino back 1999 – in leggings, a red shirt and boots. A night thankfully caught on DVD! Also recommendable: her Falliero in “Bianca e Falliero”, another Rossini swagger piece that stages her next to a wonderfully femme Maria Bayo as Bianca (Bayo, as a general rule, makes any mezzo in trousers next to her look great. I’ve been harboring a little crush on her ever since I first saw her as Amenaide in “Tancredi”, back then next to Bernadette Manca di Nissa).
Also, for coloratura and Baroque fans in general, Barcellona’s recent release of Scarlatti opera arias is warmly recommended. A decade of Rossini on stage shows through in her coloratura prowess. The castrato hero cover doesn’t hurt, either. Leave to harmonia mundi (hello, Vivica Genaux singing Farinelli) to produce the barocking trouser mezzo coloratora album of the decade yet AGAIN.
Also on air for the White Shirt lover: tomorrow night (August 25th), it’s Handel’s “Rinaldo” live from Royal Albert Hall with Sonia Prina in the title role, on BBC3 (Eyes beat me to the announcement, check her post for details) at 8 p. m. (GMT+1). Live stream access here.
In other British delights: while the whole Aix-en-Provence “Clemenza di Tito” continues to be offline, dear Arashi has uploaded Connolly’s “Parto, parto”, so that at least one of the core moments of this production is still available. We hope it’ll stay online!