In the second half of March: “Il Divino Boemo” – a concert of arias by Bertoni, Galuppi, Gluck, and Mysliveček with the acclaimed period-instrument ensemble Collegium 1704 and Maestro Václav Luks in Prague, Czech Republic on March 18; Vivaldi’s Tito Manlio in Madrid, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal with Concerto de’ Cavalieri
Marcello di Lisa, Conductor on March 23 & 25. Then…
California, here she comes! …as Vagaus in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans with the Philharmonia Chorale conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Four Bay Area performances altogether April 2-6! And then back to Europe (where UNE SOIRÉE AVEC VIVICA GENAUX will be heard on Radio France on April 11)…
…for the rest of Spring – performances as a girl (Dido in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas AND as a boy (Romeo) in Bellini’s I Capuleti ed I Montecchi . An endurance test by any measure!
And it gets busier and busier as the year marches on.
Coming soon on Radio France…
“Une soirée avec la mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux”
On Wednesday, March 5, Vivica recorded exclusively for France Musique at its public studio 106 Maison de Radio France as concert to be broadcast on April 11 at 6.30 pm. Vivica begins “Une soirée avec la mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux” (An evening with mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux) with Melodies, a program of songs composed by Pauline Viardot with piano accompaniment by Carlos de Aragon. She then joins her Rivalries partner, soprano Simone Kermes, bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Les Paladins, and Jérôme Corréas in a program of operatic duets and Baroque arias.
It promises to be an evening of truly virtuosic singing like no other. So… stay tuned!
“…Farinelli could only have been proud — unless, of course, he was understandably jealous.”
A GLORIOUSLY “OVERWHELMING” DEBUT with the CHICAGO SYMPHONY!
This excerpt from an almost unending rave review of Vivica’s debut with one of the world’s great orchestras, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, sums it up and says it best:
“Listeners who are acquainted with Pyrotechnics, her recital disc of Vivaldi arias, perhaps were not surprised by the way in which Ms. Genaux dominated Broschi’s relentlessly lung-busting music, but it is unfathomable that anyone in Symphony Hall on Tuesday evening was not dazzled by her performance. Not only was her singing of the rapid-fire coloraturaspot-on, both in pitch and in rhythm, but the leaps from top to bottom of the range were perfectly managed. The sharply-differentiated lilting passages were highlighted by Ms. Genaux’s firm, intense delivery of text, supported with ideal synchronicity by Maestro McGegan and the CSO. A special joy of Ms. Genaux’s singing were her trills: for once, these were actual alternations between two distinct pitches, delivered in the correct rhythms. Were he on hand to hear such a performance of music that his gifts inspired, Farinelli could only have been proud—unless, of course, he was understandably jealous…. The star of the evening was unquestionably Vivica Genaux… and her Chicago Symphony début proved as overwhelming as it was overdue. ” – from voix-des-arts
VIVICA’S LATEST CD: Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra, released November 12, 2013
“…a stimulating tour of one of the most brilliant backstreets of Baroque opera, guided by one of the genre’s most unique and gifted practitioners.”
“…both Hasse and his songbird consort have in mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux a powerfully persuasive advocate. Nearly all singers have individual passions: for too many of them, these are the pursuits of fortune and celebrity. For Ms. Genaux, the music of Hasse is not self-serving esoterica or a means of garnering fame as a singing sleuth: it is a splendid, living organism teeming with potential to engage the best efforts of insightful artists. Uniting a team of like-minded musicians, this new recording of Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra offers a stimulating tour of one of the most brilliant backstreets of Baroque opera, guided by one of the genre’s most unique and gifted practitioners.”
JUST ENDED: A TRIUMPHANT FIRST LEG OF VIVICA’S “RIVALRIES” CONCERT TOURS
An exploration into the most famous cat fight between the most famous prima donnas of the baroque era: Johann Adolph Hasse’s wife, Faustina Bordoni, (Vivica) and Francesca Cuzzoni (soprano Simone Kermes).
The next concerts take place in the summer: July 22 and 23 2014 at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Lübeck, Deutschland
The spectacular musical duel which unveiled rare gems of the baroque opera repertoire continues the successful collaboration between Cappella Gabetta and Vivica Genaux which started in 2012 with the recording of Vivica’s A Tribute to Faustina Bordoni” album:
VIVICA’s RECORDING of her Tribute to Faustina Bordoni was NDR Kultur’s CD of the WEEK for the week of November 19, 2012.
“…a magnificent achievement, not only for Ms. Genaux but for the musical legacy of Faustina Bordoni.”
“One of the most astonishing vocal techniques heard during the past half-century belongs to Vivica Genaux, to whom the fearsome bravura challenges of Baroque music seem not just easily manageable but completely natural…. Ms. Genaux’s voice has never sounded more beautiful or more focused than in the music on this disc, and her phrasing of ‘Lusinghe più care’ is supremely musical.”
COOKING WITH VIVICA
Vivica talks food with Pittsburgh’s food blogger during rehearsals for her performance in Pittsburgh Opera’s La Cenerentola this spring. CLICK LINK below to read more:
VIVICA’s LATEST INTERVIEW!
Conducted by the Magazin Händel Festspiele on the occasion of her June 4 concert debut with the Festival held in Halle, the city of Händel’s birth.
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Check out VIVICA’s updated DISCOGRAPHY / VIDEOGRAPHY.