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Composer: Porpora, Nicola (1686-1768)

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Year of birth1686
Year of death1768
NationalityItaly
PeriodBaroque
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MadridMax Emanuel Cenčić

Max Emanuel Cenčić
Porpora, Handel, Vivaldi
Armonia Atenea; George Petrou; Max Emanuel Cenčić

LucerneSilvesterkonzert «Viva la Diva»

© Sandra Ludewig
Handel, Porpora, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Dostal, Massenet, Stolz, Lehár, Strauss I, Holländer, Straus, Bernstein
Zurich Chamber Orchestra; Simone Kermes; Willi Zimmermann

ZürichNeujahrskonzert «Viva la Diva»

© Sandra Ludewig
Handel, Porpora, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Dostal, Massenet, Stolz, Lehár, Strauss I, Holländer, Straus, Bernstein
Zurich Chamber Orchestra; Simone Kermes; Willi Zimmermann

CologneConcerto Köln & Valer Sabadus

Caldara, Porpora, Giacomelli, Veracini, Broschi
Concerto Köln; Valer Sabadus

ViennaWiener Hofmusikkapelle

Mozart, Porpora, Salieri, Schubert
Wiener Hofmusikkapelle; Riccardo Muti; Julia Kleiter; Bernarda Fink; Werner Güra; Adrian Eröd
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Rivals: Max Emanuel Cenčić in Halle

Max Emanuel Cenčić © Anna Hoffmann
Max Emanuel Cenčić with Armonia Atenea under George Petrou provide an exciting and satisfying concert at the Halle Handel Festival
****1
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Porpora's Mitridate at Schloss Schwetzingen

David DQ Lee (Mitridate) and Yasmin Özkan (Semandra) © Sebastian Bühler
Propora's Mitridate at Schloss Schwetzingen lacks dramatic sense (blame librettist Cibber and director Spirei). But exciting music strongly delivered makes a case for more Porpora in the repertoire.
***11
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Porpora's L'Agrippina offers momentary pleasures

An opera only ever performed once, over 300 years ago. Would this be a marvellous revival, or a reminder of why it has been neglected all this time?
**111
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Hallenberg transports Halle audience to Venice

Ann Hallenberg and Maxim Emelyanychev © Thomas Ziegler
Ann Hallenberg dazzles at the Halle Handel Festival with a programme of newly discovered gems from the Venice Carnival of 1729.
*****
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Dramatic cantatas from Franziska Gottwald

Franziska Gottwald
Franziska Gottwald's superb mezzo voice and technique combined with dedicated commitment to text makes for a satisfying concert at Rosdorf near Göttingen during the Handel festival
****1
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