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Handel and Vivaldi by Nathalie Stutzmann

Orfeo 55

Handel and Vivaldi's greatest opera arias, once sung by castrati, are here performed by Nathalie Stutzmann!

It is in 1562 that we find one of the first historical references to a castrato singer. He was a member of the Sistine Chapel's choir. Castrato voices have played a Major role in the sacred music and operas of the 17th and 18th centuries. Around 1830, castrati disappeared from the opera scenes, even though they were still present in the Vatican choirs until 1920.

Castrati often played female roles, while female singers often sung male characters, as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. In the last opera by Handel, Deidamia (1741), Achilles' role in women's dress was written for a soprano whereas the role of the young Odysseus was thought for the castrato Giovanni Andreoni.

The contralto Nathalie Stutzmann play with these dressing-up and ambivalences. After the success obtained with the disc Prima Donna, recorded with Orfeo 55 by Deutsche Grammophon, Nathalie Stutzmann is for the first time live on and on

Nathalie Stutzmann appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.

Linked event :

Philharmonie de Paris - Philharmonie 2
Broadcast date : Nov. 17, 2011, 7 p.m.

Location : Philharmonie de Paris – Philharmonie 2 (former Cité de la musique) (Paris, France)
Production date : 2011

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