Anna Prohaska: pure and precise in Baroque arias at the Concertgebouw

Anna Prohaska/Il Giardino Armonico: Purcell/Handel/Hasse et al.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 27th September 2016

Anna Prohaska’s lissom and bright soprano is not a voice one immediately associates with mythical queens Dido and Cleopatra, as immortalised by Purcell and Handel. In terms of size and colour, it is a great fit for the handmaiden’s aria “Oft she visits this lov’d mountain” from Dido and Aeneas. However, Prohaska is one of those singers who convincingly offset vocal limitations with extraordinary musical and interpretative qualities.

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Dido’s Death as depicted in the Vergilius Vaticanus

Full review on Bachtrack.

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