Two Courtesans, Two Queens, and a Princess

September 8, 2018, 4:30 pm

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Five women with, shall we say, unusual professions. Working hard are Renata Scotto, Shirley Verrett, Hermione Gingold, Rita Streich and Joyce DiDonato.


“Col Versar, Barbaro, il Sangue” from Berenice, Queen of Palestine by by George Frideric Handel
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; Il Complesso Barocco; Alan Curtis, conductor
(Lonigo, Italy 2012. VIRGIN CLASSICS 50999060265425)

“Aria of the Queen of the Night” from The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Rita Streich, soprano; RIAS Symphony Orchestra; Ferenc Fricsay, conductor
(Berlin 1955. DGG 431 875‐2)

“Nel giardin del bello” from Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi
Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
(London 1970. EMI 4 40514 2)

“Sempre Libera” from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Renata Scotto, soprano; Gianni Raimondi, tenor; Orchestra of La Scala; Antonino Votto, conductor
(Milan 1976. DGG 00289 477 8278)

“Liaisons” from A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim
Hermione Gingold with Orchestra; Paul Gemignani, conductor
(New York 1973. SONY SK 65284)