Saturday, April 10, 2010

Diana Damrau: Coloraturas

Copy at Case Memorial Library
Contents: Ah, je veux vivre — Gualtier Maldè … Caro nome — Grossmächtige Prinzessin — Una voce poco fa — No word from Tom … Quietly night … I go to him — O mio babbino caro — Volta la terrea — Ah! tardai troppo … O luce di quest'anima — A vos jeux, mes amis — Glitter and be gay.
"In 'Grossmächtige Prinzessin' from Strauss’s 'Ariadne auf Naxos,' Zerbinetta takes a 'Sex and the City' approach to heartbreak, coquettishly insinuating that the despairing Ariadne needs a rebound fling. On Sunday afternoon at Carnegie Hall, the stellar soprano Diana Damrau flirted her way through the treacherous vocal terrain of Zerbinetta’s showpiece aria, vividly accompanied by James Levine and the Met Orchestra. Ms. Damrau, who has made Zerbinetta one of her calling-card roles, easily navigated the coloratura hurdles, trilling, embellishing and ascending the daunting heights with flexibility. Wearing the striking Harlequinesque dress featured on the cover of her new CD, 'Coloraturas' (Virgin Classics), Ms. Damrau wielded her lustrous voice to fine effect" (Vivien Schweitzer, "Music Review," New York Times, 1/26/10).


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