Countertenor Cornucopia

January 23, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Philippe Jaroussky photo by Simon Fowler.

This week, Oliver introduces you to six countertenors and offers a handy nomenclature to help you distinguish them. Which one will touch the heart with artful sensitivity? Which one will thrill you with spectacular vocal fireworks? And the most important question…who sings the highest!?


John Dowland: “Flow my tears”
Iestyn Davies, countertenor
Thomas Dunford, lute

Francesco Cavalli: La Calisto
Aria, “Erme e solinghe cime…Lucidissima face”
Jakub Józef Orlinski, countertenor
Il Pomo d’Oro
Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor

Leonardo Vinci: Il Medo
Aria, “Non è più folle lusinga”
David Hansen, countertenor
Academia Montis Regalis
Alessandro De Marchi, conductor

George Frideric Handel: Parnasso in festa
Part 3 No 16, Solo e Coro: “Lunga serie d’alti eroi” (Apollo)
Max Emanuel Cencic, countertenor
I Barrocchisti
Diego Fasolis, conductor

Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide
Cabaletta of Arsace, “Oh, come da quel dì”
Franco Fagioli, countertenor
Armonia Atenea
George Petrou, conductor

Reynaldo Hahn: “L’heure exquise”
Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor
Jérôme Ducros, piano

This episode of Listening to Singers will be available for listening on-demand until February 6.