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Konrad Junghanel, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Franco Fagioli - Handel: Teseo (2009)

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Konrad Junghanel, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Franco Fagioli - Handel: Teseo (2009)

Konrad Junghänel, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Franco Fagioli - Handel: Teseo (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 799 Mb | Total time: 68:21+63:38+27:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.437 | Recorded: 2009

Following the triumphant success of Rinaldo, Handel’s third London opera, Teseo (1713), was intended to make the still unusual genre of opera more attractive to the English public. That in fact Handel was able to latch on to the success of Rinaldo was due, likewise, to the many stage effects and a richness of musical ideas. At the same time Teseo is in many respects an exception, since the Italian libretto of Nicola Haym is based on a French model, and therefore retains the structure of five acts which was usual in France. And Handel proved that apparently he too had grappled with the Franch opera tradition. As an exception, one finds forms here which do not fit into the standard patterns of secco recitative and da capo aria.

Franco Fagioli, Zefira Valova, Il Pomo d'Oro - Leonardo Vinci: Veni, Vidi, Vinci (2020)

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Franco Fagioli, Zefira Valova, Il Pomo d'Oro - Leonardo Vinci: Veni, Vidi, Vinci (2020)

Franco Fagioli, Zefira Valova, Il Pomo d'Oro - Leonardo Vinci: Veni, Vidi, Vinci (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 426 Mb | Total time: 71:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 8358 | Recorded: 2019

Franco Fagioli lavishes his "extraordinary agility and richly upholstered voice" (Gramophone) on Leonardo Vinci, the Neapolitan composer who influenced Handel and many later masters of Italian opera. Fagioli is joined again by Il Pomo d'Oro led by Zefira Valova, the superb period-instrument ensemble on his previous album. Veni, Vidi, Vinci features seven world premiere recordings from the Neapolitan composer, unearthed for this great recording.

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

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Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gioachino Rossini (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:15:21
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 5681

Countertenor performances of 19th century opera are a historical and, ultimately, true novelty. This said, for those who love the sound of the countertenor voice and want to give it a try, there are several factors that recommend this release by countertenor Franco Fagioli, with the small orchestra Armonia Atenea under George Petrou. First is that castrati were still around in Rossini's time, although on the decline, and the composer was reportedly intrigued by their voices. Second, Fagioli, unlike the vast majority of other countertenors, studied bel canto singing rather than Baroque repertory exclusively, and a certain distance present in the work of other countertenors is absent here. And third, and most important, is Fagioli's voice itself. Of the countertenors active today, he's the one with the range, the power, the attitude to make you suspend disbelief and think for a moment that you're actually listening to a castrato. He enters into the various Rossini roles represented on this recording, several of which were mezzo-soprano "pants" roles; this adds to the layers of identity-switching happening, and the parts hit Fagioli's vocal sweet spot. A bonus is that several of these are from Rossini opere serie that are little played or recorded.

Jan Tomasz Adamus, Capella Cracoviensis - Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria (2016)

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Jan Tomasz Adamus, Capella Cracoviensis - Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria (2016)

Jan Tomasz Adamus, Capella Cracoviensis - Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 867 Mb | Total time: 177:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 483 0004 | Recorded: 2015

New love, position, power, revenge, disguise, mistaken identity, complications and passionate devotion – the full spectrum of baroque opera seria is here in this new recording of Pergolesi’s ‘Adriano In Siria’. Franco Fagioli leads the cast, alongside Romina Basso, Yuriy Mynenko, Dilyara Idrisova, Juan Sancho and Cigdem Soyarslan, accompanied by the exuberant Polish orchestra Capella Cracoviensis under the baton of Jan Tomasz Adamus. Famed for his Stabat Mater, Pergolesi died aged just 26 but had already completed four opera seria; ‘Adriano in Siria’ is the third of these and has a libretto by Metastasio.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Berenice (2010)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Berenice (2010)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Berenice (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 890 Mb | Total time: 60:29+51:14+54:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 50999 628536 2 | Recorded: 2009

Berenice is one of those slightly problematic operas which seem to work better in the theatre where the gender of the characters is (usually) more obvious. Here we have a pair of low voices, one singing a man and one a woman, and a pair of high voices similarly paired. Curtis has chosen a beautifully balanced cast. But it is one where the voices are not highly distinctive so that you sometimes have to concentrate to tell whether Berenice or Alessandro is singing, or Selene or Arsace. If you listen to the opera with the libretto these sort of problems disappear.

Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d’Astrée - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (2017)

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Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d’Astrée - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (2017)

Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d’Astrée - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (2017)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (Linear PCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 3 ch) | 138 min | 7,62 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Erato | Sub: Italiano, Francais, Deutsch, English | Recorded: 2016

Festival d'Aix-en-Provence has firmly established itself as France’s preeminent summer festival and is a key fixture on the international festival calendar. It is particularly in the field of opera that the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence continues to break new ground and this release from the 2016 festival demonstrates that. In this new staging – a coproduction with the Opéra de Lille, Théâtre de Caen – Emmanuelle Haïm directs Le Concert d’Astrée with a star-studded cast including Franco Fagioli, Sara Mingardo, Michael Spyres, and exclusive Erato artist Sabine Devieilhe.

Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro - Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica (2015)

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Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro - Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica (2015)

Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro - Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.19 Gb | Total time: 78:45+76:16+78:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 8194 | Recorded: 2015

Star countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic steps into new musical territory with the world premiere recording of Catone in Utica by Leonardo Vinci, a forgotten genius of Italian opera. The opera tells a powerful tale of Julius Caesar’s defeat of the Republican forces led by Marcus Porcius Cato in 46 BC, exploring the eternal themes of love, duty and honor. Featuring five countertenors along with conductor Riccardo Minasi who leads il pomo d’oro.

Diego Fasolis, Concerto Koln - Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse (2012)

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Diego Fasolis, Concerto Koln - Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse (2012)

Diego Fasolis, Concerto Köln - Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.05 Gb | Total time: 67:26+65:46+54:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5099960286925 | Recorded: 2011

No less than five brilliant countertenors – including Max Emanuel Cencic and Philippe Jaroussky – join conductor Diego Fasolis and Concerto Köln for Artaserse by Leonardo Vinci (1690-1730). In early 18th century Italy, the Neapolitan-born composer was one of the brightest stars in opera, and Artaserse is considered his masterpiece.

Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli - Handel: Agrippina (2020)

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Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli - Handel: Agrippina (2020)

Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli - Handel: Agrippina (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.11 Gb | Total time: 74:44+75:58+79:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029533658 | Recorded: 2019

Joyce DiDonato has staked a powerful claim on the multi-faceted title role of Handel’s opera Agrippina. In the words of The Telegraph, she sings it with “authority, grandeur and high style”. She recently performed it to critical acclaim at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Maxim Emelyanychev, Chief Conductor of Il Pomo d’Oro. Joining them on this recording is a cast of established and rising stars that includes Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Franco Fagioli, Luca Pisaroni, Elsa Benoit and Jakub Józef Orliński.

Giacomo Sagripanti, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia - Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira (2012)

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Giacomo Sagripanti, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia - Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira (2012)

Giacomo Sagripanti, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Maria Aleida, Franco Fagioli, Bogdan Mihai - Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira (2012)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 170 min | 7,64 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni | Sub: Italiano, English | Recorded: 2011

The Festival della Valle d'Itria mounted this lavish production of Gioachino Rossini's 1813 opera Aureliano in Palmira, in July 2011. Aureliano in Palmira movie It was staged and performed at the Palazzo Ducale, in Martina Franca, Italy. Aureliano in Palmira video The cast includes Bogdan Mihai as Aureliano, Franco Fagioli as Arsace, Maria Aleida as Zenobia and Asude Karayavuz as Publia, with the special participation of Louise Frank as Vecchia Zenobia. Aureliano in Palmira film The Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia and the Coro Slovacco di Bratislava provide additional musical accompaniment, with Pavol Prochazka serving as chorus master and Giacomo Sagripanti conducting.

Diego Fasolis, Concerto Koln - Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse (2014)

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Diego Fasolis, Concerto Koln - Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse (2014)

Diego Fasolis, Concerto Köln - Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse (2014)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 201 min | 4,94+7,49 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Erato | Sub: Italiano, Francais, English, Deutsch | Recorded: 2012

“This magnificent production is a complete and blissful success. Don’t miss it.” Those were the words of the French website Classique News when Leonardo Vinci’s rediscovered Artaserse was staged by Silviu Purcãrete at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy. Complementing the CD version of the opera released in Autumn 2012, this DVD features no fewer than five of the world’s leading countertenors – assuming both male and female roles: Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli, Valer Barna-Sabadus and Yuriy Mynenko.

Andrea Marcon, La Cetra, Vokalensemble Basel - Antonio Caldara: La concordia de' pianeti (2014)

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Andrea Marcon, La Cetra, Vokalensemble Basel - Antonio Caldara: La concordia de' pianeti (2014)

Andrea Marcon, La Cetra, Vokalensemble Basel - Antonio Caldara: La concordia de' pianeti (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 556 Mb | Total time: 58:14+49:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 002156402 | Recorded: 2014

This release marks the world-premiere recording and rediscovery of Antonio Caldara’s La Concordia de’ pianeti, a musical serenade of operatic magnitude composed for the court of Austrian Emperor Karl VI, featuring the creme de la creme of the day’s singers, including the legendary castrato Carestini (Franco Fagioli’s part).
Unearthed and edited by Andrea Marcon, the piece offers a series of virtuosic arias, breath-taking cantilenas and ethereal duets performed by some of the finest singers of today.
Franco Fagioli and Daniel Behle, two of today’s hottest vocalists, lead a distinctive cast of early music “shining stars”, including soprano Veronica Cangemi in a welcome return to Deutsche Grammophon / Archiv. The dynamic La Cetra Barockorchester, one of the most coveted period ensembles active today, lends an idiomatic touch to the program.
This is a major new release under the Archiv imprint featuring a world-class cast of singers. The opera is new to the repertoire and the catalogue altogether and has been recorded both in studio conditions and live performances in Dortmund.