Händel's Rinaldo reissued by harmonia mundi
Vivica's thrilling performance of the title rôle in Georg Friedrich Händel's Rinaldo (HWV 7, London, 1711), recorded for harmonia mundi in August 2002 with a fantastic cast including Inga Kalna, Miah Persson, Lawrence Zazzo, James Rutherford, and Dominique Visse, has been reissued by harmonia mundi, restoring this acclaimed recording to the international catalogue. René Jacobs leads the Freiburger Barockorchester.
Writing at the time of the recording's initial release in the spring of 2003, critic Andrew Clements mused in The Guardian that 'there [is] always a lot to admire. And the cast, led by the mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux with Miah Persson as Almirena and Inga Kalna as the sorceress Armida, is of high quality.'
Renew your acquaintance with the opera that introduced Händel to London!
A highlight of Vivica's concertizing during 2014 and 2015 is the thrilling new programme Rival Queens, in which Vivica is joined by dynamic German soprano Simone Kermes in arias and duets composed at the height of the rivalry between Eighteenth-Century superstars Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni. Featuring music by Bononcini, Händel, Leo, Lotti, Pollarolo, Porpora, Porta, and Vinci, some of which has not been heard since the careers of Bordoni and Cuzzoni, Rivalries explores the artistic legacies of these two legendary singers and the heights of inspiration to which their much-fêted competition moved the important composers of the era. Andrés Gabetta and Cappella Gabetta lend stylish support.
Special thanks are due to Giovanni Andrea Sechi for his tremendous assistance with researching and preparing selections for Rival Queens.
Upcoming Rival Queens Tour Dates
☆ 21 November 2014 - Bahnhofsaal, Rheinfelden, Schweiz
☆ 22 November 2014 - Konzerthalle Ulrichs-Kirche (Händel Festspiele), Halle, Deutschland
☆ 26 November 2014 - Laeiszhalle (NDR Das Alte Werk), Hamburg, Deutschland
☆ 27 November 2014 - Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden, Deutschland
☆ 29 November 2014 - Liederhalle (Kultur- und Kongresszentrum), Stuttgart, Deutschland
☆ 1 December 2014 - Művészetek Palotája (Palace of Art), Budapest, Hungary
☆ 2 December 2014 - Jugendstil-Festhalle, Landau, Deutschland
☆ 3 December 2014 - Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
☆ 5 December 2014 - Stadttheater, Olten, Schweiz
☆ 20 January 2015 - Theater an der Wien, Wien, Österreich
☆ 21 January 2015 - Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
[All dates and venues are subject to change.]
Click here to view/download a review of the Rival Queens performance in Munich's Herkulessaal der Residenz (15.01.2014).