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Drama Queens by Joyce DiDonato
Released: Oct 2012
Label: Emi
In opera-singer album showcases, there are stunts, and then there are insights. (Occasionally a release can be both, but it's rare.) This mezzo-soprano's tour through baroque favorites and obscurities falls squarely in the latter camp. DiDonato can bring thrilling coloratura to a showstopper (check the selection from Handel's "Alessandro"), and also remember to interpret less technically demanding pieces (like "Disprezzata Regata"). The ensemble backing provided by Il Complesso Barocco would be a delight to hear on its own: It's both dramatic and daring. The partnership here is hard to resist.
Seth Colter Walls
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