[Since I mentioned yesterday that this piece warrants further White Shirt contemplation: here, have an entire “Juditha Triumphans”, conducted by Andrea Marcon, from Amsterdam, 2009. (subtitles are Dutch, but a libretto with English translation can be found here.)]
Imagine that: five parts in the soprano/mezzo/contralto range, three of them male roles, and no countertenor in sight. (and there are many countertenors I appreciate and quite a few I swoon at, but sometimes – well, sometimes, it’s Ladies’ Night) Ah, little Latin oratorio of the high baroque, I ❤ you.
So, here, have some Karina Gauvin eroding the difference between opera and concert stage, some Manuela Custer (whom I didn’t know is Italian, too) and some Marina Comparato because it’s been a while since I saw her Cherubino, Mary-Ellen Nesi to add a pinch of Greece to another Tuesday on Eye Bags, and Romina Basso because it’s been too long, period.
I admit that the beleaguring/beheading plot around Assyria and Bethulia is giving me very present-day chills, and I do not want to leave that fact unmentioned while enjoying some wonderful singing of wonderful music and being aware that I am very privileged in being able to do so.