Prologue: New Album with Francesca Aspromonte and Enrico Onofri
Prologue is a highly original album consisting of several prologues from early-baroque operas by Monteverdi, Caccini, Cavalli, Landi, Rossi, Cesti, Stradella and Scarlatti. Strung together, they form a representation in a single act, a theatre full of small, complete dramas: the opera before the opera.
Francesca Aspromonte is quickly establishing herself as a shining star in the Baroque firmament. She has curated this album together with musical director Enrico Onofri, who leads il pomo d’oro. This album was recorded at the Teatro delle Voci, Treviso, 19-22 December 2016, and it will be released on PENTATONE on May 5, 2018.
The earliest operas contained prologues instead of ouvertures. In them, allegorical or mythological figures prepared the audience for the force and the passion of the events to come. First, the prologues were mostly very short, but they quickly became more important, longer, and almost small operas in themselves.
ANIMA SACRA presents a unique selection of early 18th century masterpieces of sacred music by still to be rediscovered Italian composers of the Neapolitan School like Fago and Sarro, combined with some well known composers working at the catholic Dresden Court such as Hasse, Zelenka and Heinichen – and – last but not least: Antonio Vivaldi.
The compositions are united by their captivating beauty and technical perfection in displaying a most intimate yet theatrical essence of baroque spiritual life – the Anima Sacra.
The young Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, Grand Finals winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and winner of the 2015 Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition, is quickly gaining a reputation as a singer of striking vocal beauty and daring stagecraft.
While working for his Master’s degree in vocal performance at the Chopin University in Warsaw, he participated in the ‚Opera Academy’ at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw. He is currently working on his Graduate Diploma at the renowned New York Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens.
In his first recording for Erato he teams up with il pomo d’oro under its chief conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.
Photo Credits: Piotr Porebsky
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