Handel: Agrippina

About the album

Joyce DiDonato has staked a powerful claim on the multi-faceted title role of Handel’s opera Agrippina. In the words of The Telegraph, she sings it with “authority, grandeur and high style”. She has performed it in concert and in the opera house with Maxim Emelyanychev, Chief Conductor of Il Pomo d’Oro. Joining them on this three CD set recording is a cast of established and rising stars that includes Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Franco Fagioli, Luca Pisaroni, Elsa Benoit and Jakub Józef Orlinski.

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2020

DiDonato’s rendition of the soliloquising aria Pensieri, voi mi tormentate, singularly affecting and so piercingly phrased, must be a career highlight.

The Times

Joyce DiDonato was in resplendent voice in the title role, making the most of her second-act dramatic scena “Pensieri, voi mi tormentate”: it’s hard to imagine this music sung better.

The Telegraph

Over the course of the opera’s three hours plus, DiDonato has the opportunity to show everything she can do. She uses her ease at the top of her voice to spin beautiful lines and sharpens Agrippina’s claws with her fearsome ornamentation, including a few places where she dashes down to a low, baritonal register full of menace.

Financial Times

Album info

Release date: January 31, 2020
Number of Discs: 3
Format: CD, mp3
Label: Erato