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Handel Opera Arias: Bejun Mehta and Nathalie Stutzmann

Two excellent Handel recordings with countertenor Bejun Mehta (Harmonia Mundi) and contralto Nathalie Stutzmann (DHM).

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American countertenor Bejun Mehta.

“Ombra cara”

It’s become a tradition for rising stars, or those already arrived, to record opera arias by Handel. American countertenor Bejun Mehta follows suit by giving a stunning performance in a new Harmonia Mundi release entitled “Ombra cara.”

From beginning to end, Mehta and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (directed by Rene Jacobs) give new life to Handel’s music, exuding a fresh and vibrant perspective. Mehta is joined by soprano Rosemary Joshua in a moving duet that closes the program.

George Frideric Handel: “Sento la gioia” from Amadigi
Bejun Mehta, countertenor, and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Rene Jacobs — Ombra Cara: Arias of George Frideric Handel (Harmonia Mundi, 2010)
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“Opera Arias”

Nathalie Stutzmann’s classic recording of Handel arias with the Hanover Band was re-released a few years ago, which meant many more people could enjoy her poetic singing. Her deep, rich contralto voice is surprisingly agile, easily dispatching Handel’s more difficult arias and creating some very exciting moments.

George Frideric Handel: “Qui l’augel” from Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo
Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto, and Hanover Band/Roy Goodman — Handel Opera Arias (DHM, 2005)
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George Frideric Handel: “Sento la gioia” from Amadigi
Bejun Mehta, countertenor, and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Rene Jacobs — Ombra Cara: Arias of George Frideric Handel (Harmonia Mundi, 2010)
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George Frideric Handel: “Per le porte del tormento” from Sosarme
Bejun Mehta, countertenor, Rosemary Joshua, soprano, and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Rene Jacobs — Ombra Cara: Arias of George Frideric Handel (Harmonia Mundi, 2010)
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George Frideric Handel: “Qui l’augel” from Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo
Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto, and Hanover Band/Roy Goodman — Handel Opera Arias (DHM, 2005)
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George Frideric Handel: : “Furibondo spira il vento” from Partenope
Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto, and Hanover Band/Roy Goodman — Handel Opera Arias (DHM, 2005)
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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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