Anna Bonitatibus: en travesti | BR Klassik 900318

Anna Bonitatibus: en travesti

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Label: BR Klassik

Cat No: 900318

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 2nd February 2018

Contents

Works

Bellini, Vincenzo

I Capuleti e i Montecchi
» Tu sola, o mia Giulietta ...Deh! tu, bell'anima

Donizetti, Gaetano

Maria di Rohan
» Son leggero e ver d'amore

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice)
» Qu'entends-je? Qu'a-t-il dit? (arr. Berlioz)

Handel, George Frideric

Radamisto, HWV12
» Ferite, uccidete, oh numi del ciel!

Mancini, Henry

Victor Victoria
» Crazy World

Mascagni, Pietro

L'Amico Fritz
» O pallida che un giorno mi guardasti

Massenet, Jules

Cherubin
» Overture to Act 3

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

Les Huguenots
» Non, non, non, vous n'avais jamais, je gage

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Voi che sapete (Act 2)

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Vois sous l'archet fremissant

Puccini, Giacomo

Manon Lescaut
» Sulla vetta tu del monte

Ravel, Maurice

L'Enfant et les sortileges
» Toi, le coeur de la rose (You, the heart of the rose)

Rossini, Gioacchino

Tancredi
» Oh patria! ... Di tanti palpiti

Strauss, Richard

Der Rosenkavalier, op.59
» Wie du warst! Wie du bist!

Vivaldi, Antonio

Farnace, RV711
» Gelido in ogni vena

Artists

Anna Bonitatibus (mezzo-soprano)
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Corrado Rovaris

Works

Bellini, Vincenzo

I Capuleti e i Montecchi
» Tu sola, o mia Giulietta ...Deh! tu, bell'anima

Donizetti, Gaetano

Maria di Rohan
» Son leggero e ver d'amore

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice)
» Qu'entends-je? Qu'a-t-il dit? (arr. Berlioz)

Handel, George Frideric

Radamisto, HWV12
» Ferite, uccidete, oh numi del ciel!

Mancini, Henry

Victor Victoria
» Crazy World

Mascagni, Pietro

L'Amico Fritz
» O pallida che un giorno mi guardasti

Massenet, Jules

Cherubin
» Overture to Act 3

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

Les Huguenots
» Non, non, non, vous n'avais jamais, je gage

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Voi che sapete (Act 2)

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Vois sous l'archet fremissant

Puccini, Giacomo

Manon Lescaut
» Sulla vetta tu del monte

Ravel, Maurice

L'Enfant et les sortileges
» Toi, le coeur de la rose (You, the heart of the rose)

Rossini, Gioacchino

Tancredi
» Oh patria! ... Di tanti palpiti

Strauss, Richard

Der Rosenkavalier, op.59
» Wie du warst! Wie du bist!

Vivaldi, Antonio

Farnace, RV711
» Gelido in ogni vena

Artists

Anna Bonitatibus (mezzo-soprano)
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Corrado Rovaris

About

Anna Bonitatibus is one of the most successful mezzo-sopranos of our time. On her new album entitled “en travesti”, together with the Munich Radio Orchestra conducted by Corrado Rovaris, she presents the most famous and important arias written over the past three hundred years for women acting in male roles on the opera stage: so-called “trouser roles”.

The fifteen arias begin with Handel and Vivaldi, then go on to include works by Gluck and Mozart, the Italians Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, the French opera composers Meyerbeer, Offenbach and Massenet, the Verists Mascagni and Puccini, as well as Ravel and Richard Strauss; and the programme concludes with a song from the film musical Victor/Victoria.

The “trouser role”, i.e. the woman performing in male dress, has always been a popular phenomenon in spoken as well as musical theatre. The notion that it served only to gradually replace parts written for castrati – whose tradition ended in the first half of the 19th century for humanitarian and aesthetic reasons – is a commonly accepted one but is not, in fact, correct. Even during the heyday of castrati, men were repeatedly portrayed by women en travesti, and these parts were performed by famous female singers.

On her album, Anna Bonitatibus exclusively sings arias that were originally written for women. She thus provides a whole new insight into the “trouser role” and gives us impressions of how these fascinating and astonishingly varied numbers from three centuries of musical and operatic history must have sounded. There are famous and lesser-known opera titles here, popular musical numbers and also genuine rediscoveries – from Baroque opera to Italian bel canto, all the way to songs from contemporary musicals. It’s an impressive concept, and lots of fun. The studio recordings by the Bayerischer Rundfunk were made in the summer of 2016, and have now been released on BR-Klassik.

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