Joyce DiDonato’s recording of Handel’s Agrippina with Il Pomo d’Oro has been nominated in the Best Opera Recording category for the 63RD Annual GRAMMY Awards (2020). Released by Erato, the recording features conductor Maxim Emelyanychev with a star-studded cast that includes Elsa Benoit as DiDonato’s rival Poppea, Luca Pisaroni as the bumbling Emperor Claudius, Franco Fagioli as a petulant Nerone, and Jakub Józef Orliński as the lovesick Ottone. More information and purchase links are available via DiDonato’s Recordings.
Recently named Limelight’s Opera Recording of the Year – writer Justine Nguyen acclaimed “DiDonato can be hard to write about, because you find yourself constantly reaching for the same superlatives. Her singing is simply magnificent, technically brilliant and expressive, without ever being mannered or laborious. In other words, you can’t detect the work, only Agrippina and her fearsome drive to wrest power for herself and her son.”
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