Farinelli CD featuring Ann Hallenberg out now with exclusive anniversary sampler to mark Les Talens Lyriques’ 25th anniversary
Following their sell-out Farinelli concerts, Christophe Rousset and the Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenburg release their much-anticipated recording: Farinelli – A Portrait, out now on Aparté. The recording, made from a live radio broadcast in Norway, includes works by composers Broschi, J.C Bach, Giacomelli, Porpora, Hasse and Leo that were sung by the world’s most famous 18th century castrato. The success of the soundtrack to the film Farinelli (1994), which sold more than a million discs worldwide, firmly established Les Talens Lyriques on the international Baroque scene two decades ago. To mark the ensemble’s 25th anniversary, an exclusive sampler of 25 tracks accompanies the Farinelli disc, with music from Les Talens Lyriques’ rich collection of recordings. The Farinelli disc coincides with the release of the Handelian diptych Alcina/Tamerlano by Les Talens Lyriques and Rousset with Outhere.
Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, tour Europe with a festive Bach programme
For their annual Christmas festivities, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, will tour across Europe performing Bach’s jubilant Magnificat in its original version. With its effervescent opening chorus, bubbling with joyous vivacity and festive fun, the Magnificat kicks off the Advent season on an uplifting note in Frankfurt on 2 December. The tour continues across Germany, then to Innsbruck, Vienna and Versailles, before finishing at the Barbican Centre in London on 12 December. Joining the ever-youthful Monteverdi Choir with its trademark virtuosity, flair and immaculate articulation will be soloists Hannah Morrison, Reginald Mobley and Gianluca Buratto.
Colston Hall hosts John Eliot Gardiner’s trilogy of Monteverdi operas for the composer’s 450th anniversary
Sir John Eliot Gardiner brings his Monteverdi Trilogy to Bristol as part of an international tour of the Venetian composer’s three extant operas. Following the opening of the 450th anniversary celebrations in Aix-en-Provence, the first UK performance will be Il ritorno d’Ulisse at Colston Hall in Bristol on 12 April followed by L’incoronazione di Poppea on 8 May and L’Orfeo on 28 May.
Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza present a new recording of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas on Challenge Classics label
Award-winning baroque conductor Fabio Bonizzoni and his orchestra La Risonanza release a new recording of Purcell’s operatic masterpiece Dido and Aeneas, available now on the Challenge Classics label. The CD features the vocal talents of soprano Raffaella Milanesi, baritone Richard Helm, soprano Stefanie True, baritone Iason Marmaras, soprano Michela Antenucci and mezzo-soprano Anna Bessi, who have previously performed the work live with Bonizzoni and La Risonanza. Having toured the work internationally in past seasons, Bonizzoni launched his Note Etiche series at the Milan Stock Exchange with a free performance of Dido and Aeneas in 2014. Following the CD release, this year’s Note Etiche returns to Milan on 4 November at Milan Stock Exchange and 24 November at Palazzina Liberty.
Dubai Opera hosts the inaugural BBC Proms Dubai featuring the world premiere of Joanna Marsh’s Flare and the UAE premiere of her Arabesque
The recently opened Dubai Opera hosts the inaugural BBC Proms Dubai featuring the world premiere of Flare by Dubai-based British composer Joanna Marsh on 23 March. Commissioned by Dubai Opera for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Flare will be conducted by Edward Gardner in a popular programme featuring Elgar’s Enigma Variations the day after the Dubai premiere of Marsh’s Arabesques by the BBC Singers on 22 March. This will be the BBC Proms’ first visit to the Middle East and the 4-day festival from 21 to 24 March sees both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers decamp to Dubai from where BBC Radio 3 will record their concerts for future broadcast.