Vivaldi scores intriguing but uneven Dangerous Liaisons in The Hague

Vivaldi & Moretto: Dangerous Liaisons

At the Koninklijke Schouwburg, The Hague on the 17th of January, 2019

“Why should I spend good money on tables when I have men standing idle?” asks a Regency country squire in the British sitcom Blackadder the Third. The Marquise de Merteuil in OPERA2DAY’s Dangerous Liaisons would agree with him. 

Full review on Opera Today.

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Sovereign Bartoli revisits Vivaldi at the Concertgebouw

Vivaldi/Handel, et al: Les Musiciens du Prince/Capuano/Bartoli/Gabetta

At the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on the 23rd of November, 2018

This year mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is celebrating 30 years of recording with Decca Classics, a collaboration that produced her highly successful 1999 Vivaldi album. Their latest venture – and Bartoli’s current tour with Les Musiciens du Prince, her brainchild – revisits the composer. Her stop at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam demonstrated that the best reason for celebration is that the Roman diva’s technical and expressive powers are undiminished.

Full review on Bachtrack.

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