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Composer: Porta, Giovanni (1690-1755)

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Year of birth1690
Year of death1755
NationalityItaly
PeriodBaroque
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San FranciscoIfigenia in Aulide – A Modern World Premiere

Porta: Ifigenia in Aulide
Ars Minerva; Shawnette Sulker
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Venetian delights from Cenčić and Il Pomo d'Oro

Max Emanuel Cenčić © Beetroot | Decca Classics
Such is the growing popularity of the solo countertenor voice that in this past week I was able to hear four countertenor performances in London - the latest being Max Emanuel Cenčić.
***11
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More than a drama queen: Joyce DiDonato in Amsterdam

Joyce DiDonato  ©  Josef Fischnaller
It has been five years since mezzo Joyce DiDonato last sang in Amsterdam. In those five years, she won an Emmy Award, headed the cast of countless productions at the Met and Covent Garden, and has been recognized as one of the greatest opera singers of our time by the press and aficionados alike.
*****
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Joyce DiDonato's Drama Queens at Carnegie Hall: The joy of being a human

Joyce DiDonato  ©  Virgin Classics/Nick Heavican
When on Sunday afternoon Joyce DiDonato came onstage at Carnegie Hall, the savvy New York audience gave her a truly royal reception by welcoming her with a long ovation. Such a reaction from the audience was hardly surprising.
*****
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Joyce DiDonato's Drama Queens a hit at the Theater an der Wien

Joyce DiDonato  ©  Sheila Rock
It was a touching moment when an overwhelmed Joyce DiDonato re-entered the stage after her fourth encore and covered her face with her hands for a few moments, not sure what to do in response to the unceasing applause.
*****
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