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Baroque Divas

A concert program with Vivica Genaux | Mary-Ellen Nesi | Sonia Prina | Romina Basso | George Petrou | Armonia Atenea

The history of opera is inseparably linked with the biographies of singers. Audiences have always been fascinated by the musical highlights and the goings-on behind the scenes alike. The battle for prestige and fame was particularly passionate during the Baroque age.

In Baroque opera – and especially in Neapolitan opera – the “prima donna” and “primo uomo” were so important that they could in fact give famous composers instructions as to what they wanted their arias to be like. Thus, it comes as no surprise that these singers reached cultic status and stardom, which eventually led to legendary rivalries.

The Haendel performers Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni were among the most acclaimed divas of the Baroque age. They were fierce competitors, even resorting to fisticuffs on stage. With tongue-in-cheek humour, present-day primadonnas Vivica Genaux, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Sonia Prina and Romina Basso follow in the footsteps of their passionate predecessors. Extra spice is added by the fact the these present-day divas will also perform arias that, in the Baroque era, were the province of male singers.

These three star mezzos and the wonderful contralto will be accompanied by the superb Greek orchestra Armonia Atenea under conductor George Petrou, winner of Germany’s prestigious ECHO Klassik Prize.

Enjoy a marvellous recital, bringing to life the rich heritage of Baroque opera –the acme of musical enjoyment and the entertaining element of cultic stardom alike.

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18 11 2015
Baroque Divas
Baroque Divas


Mary-Ellen Nesi | Romina Basso | Sonia Prina | Vivica Genaux
Musical director: George Petrou
Orchestra: Armonia Atenea