[ Erato / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 2 October 2020
Soprano Diana Damrau assumes the crowns of three different Tudor queens, the central characters in operas by Donizetti: Anne Boleyn (Anna Bolena), Mary, Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda), and Elizabeth I (Roberto Devereux). With Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra and Chorus of Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, she performs the substantial and climactic final scene of each work. When Damrau sang Maria Stuarda at the Zurich Opera, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote: "She commands a voice that seems to have no limits. Her coloratura is stunning, her vocal range impressive, and her dynamic shadings are breath-taking. Damrau is in a class of her own."
"[Damrau] decorates with taste, and trills with ease, particularly confidently in Anna's 'Coppia iniqua', where she places a trill firmly on the series of ascending notes, and vocalises even more elaborately in the repeat verse. She manages her voice adroitly, avoiding chest tones until she hits middle C and the D above, unless she feels that the drama warrants that extra bite. At the conclusion of Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux, Damrau nails thrilling high Ds, both hit with volume and aplomb." OperaNow
"Damrau, luminous of voice, is surely the perfect exponent of this repertoire: adept at surmounting the music's technical challenges in its dramatic moments, yet equally capable of exhibiting the tenderness for which these roles call...Pappano coaxes the most delicate and refined of performances from the Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia." BBC Music Five Stars. Recording of the Month December 2020
Anna Bolena, Act 2
Maria Stuarda, Act 3
Roberto Devereux, Act 3