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Arias for Farinelli and Favorites from Farnace

Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux sings baroque arias composed for castrato Farinelli and Le Concert de Nations performs excerpts from Vivaldi's opera 'Farnace.'

Vivica Genaux

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Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux.

Farinelli: baroque opera superstar

Farinelli was arguably the biggest name when it came to 18th-century baroque opera. He was castrato with exceptional abilities that attracted a huge following. Due to his fame, composers often wrote music with him in mind, much of which survives.

In 2002, American mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux and the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin recorded an now classic Harmonia Mundi CD devoted to arias specifically composed for Farinelli. The composers represented are some of the most famous of the time, including Hasse and Porpora, as well as a few lesser-known such as Farinelli’s brother, Riccardo Broschi.

Riccardo Broschi: Idaspe – “Qual guerriero on campo armato” and “Ombra fedele anch'io”
Vivica Genaux, soprano, and Akademie fur Alte Musik/Rene Jacobs — Arias for Farinelli (Harmonia Mundi , 2002)
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Jordi Savall and Vivaldi’s Farnace

After the success of Jordi Savall’s recording of Farnace by Antonio Vivaldi, the distinguished director released an Alia Vox CD of favorite arias, drawing from many great pieces. The result is a snapshot of a terrific opera from a fantastic of composer known primarily for his instrumental music.

Antonio Vivaldi: Sinfonia: Allegro and Farnace – “Ricordati che sei”
Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall — Farnace, RV 711: Favorite Arias (Alia Vox , 2003)
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Johann Adolf Hasse: “Or la nube procellosa”
Vivica Genaux, soprano, and Akademie fur Alte Musik/Rene Jacobs — Arias for Farinelli (Harmonia Mundi , 2002)
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Riccardo Broschi: Idaspe – “Qual guerriero on campo armato” and “Ombra fedele anch'io”
Vivica Genaux, soprano, and Akademie fur Alte Musik/Rene Jacobs — Arias for Farinelli (Harmonia Mundi , 2002)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Sinfonia: Allegro and Farnace – “Ricordati che sei”
Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall — Farnace, RV 711: Favorite Arias (Alia Vox , 2003)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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