CD: Handel – Agrippina
Luca Pisaroni has sung the role of Claudio in concert and in the opera house 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 Joyce DiDonato, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Franco Fagioli, Elsa Benoit and Jakub Józef Orlinski.
- Audio CD (January 31, 2020)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Label: Erato
- ASIN: B07ZWBPLZR
Opera Recording of the Year has gone to the winning new recording of Handel’s Agrippina on Erato (9029533658). Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev leads Il Pomo d’Oro with American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the scheming Empress and a cast that includes Elsa Benoit as her rival Poppea, Luca Pisaroni as the bumbling Emperor Claudius, Franco Fagioli as a petulant Nerone and Jakub Józef Orliński as the lovesick Ottone.
“DiDonato can be hard to write about, because you find yourself constantly reaching for the same superlatives,” wrote Justine Nguyen. “Her singing is simply magnificent, technically brilliant and expressive, without ever being mannered or laborious. In other words, you can’t detect the work, only Agrippina and her fearsome drive to wrest power for herself and her son.”
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Pisaroni’s richly hued and versatile voice gave us a meltingly seductive ‘Vieni, o cara’, and an appropriately outraged ‘Cade il mondo soggiogato’.