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Drama Queens

(13 Selected Arias From Early Baroque to Classic)
(For Soprano or Mezzo Soprano/Piano Accompaniment)

'This anthology is the result of the collaboration with the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato who had expressed the wish to record a CD with my ensemble “Il Complesso Barocco.” It should not just be another compilation of famous arias by Handel or Vivaldi, but a collection of pieces of quite different styles and from different epochs which are linked by a common superordinate topic. (...) I pointed out to her that there were plenty of wonderful arias and even entire solo scenes which had been sung on the Baroque stage both by female singers and castratos playing the parts of famous historical female rulers and heroines. By suggesting the title “Drama Queens,” she reduced the whole thing to a contemporary formula. Our idea was to cultivate extremes, to gather arias that show larger-than-life emotions.' –Alan Curtis.


  • 'Da Trobida Procella' from Berenice (Orlandini)
  • 'Madre Diletta, Abbracciami' from Ifigenia in Aulide (Porta)
  • 'Ma Quando Tornerai' from Alcina (Handel)
  • "Lasciami Piangere' from Fredegunda (Keiser)
  • 'Morte col Fiero Aspetto' from Antonio e Cleopatra (Hasse)
  • 'Piangero la Sorte Mia' from Guilio Cesare in Egitto (Handel)
  • 'Intorno all'Idol Mio' from Orontea (Cesti)
  • 'Brilla Nell'alma from Alessandro (Handel)
  • 'Geloso Sospetto' from Octavia (Keiser)
  • Disprezzata Regina' from L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
  • 'Sposa son Desprezzata' from Merope (Giacomelli)
  • 'Col Versar, Barbara, Il Sangue' from Berenice (Orlandini)
  • 'Vedi se t'amo' from Armida (Haydn)
  • 'Lasciami Piangere' from Fredegunda (transposed version) (Keiser)

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