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Diva Divo ()

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composed by Charles Gounod, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Gioachino Rossini, Hector Berlioz, Jules Massenet, Richard Strauss, Vincenzo Bellini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The frequency with which mezzo sopranos are called on to play male roles lies behind the ingenious premise for Diva Divo. Joyce DiDonato has selected pairs of operas that basically have the same plot or source, and sings an aria from a role written for a male character from one, and for a female character from the other. Sometimes both of the operas are well known, as in the case of Faust and La Damnation de Faust. Generally, though, this involves pairing a familiar opera with one less familiar (La Clemenza di Tito by ...

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  1. Chérubin, opera in 3 acts: Je suis gris!
  2. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Giunse alfin il momento
  3. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Deh, vieni, non tardar
  4. La clemenza di Tito, opera in 3 acts, Wq. 16: Se mai senti spirarti sul volto
  5. La clemenza di Tito, opera, K. 621: Ecco il punto, o Vitellia
  6. La clemenza di Tito, opera, K. 621: Non più di fiori
  7. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete
  8. Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Contro un cor
  9. Faust, opera, CG 4: Faites-lui mes aveux
  10. La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra ("légende dramatique"), H. 111 (Op. 24): D'amour l'ardente flamme
  11. Roméo et Juliette, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra ("symphonie dramatique"), H.79 (Op. 17): Premiers transports que nul n'oublie
  12. I Capuleti e i Montecchi, opera: Ascolta! Se Romeo t'uccise un figlio...La tremenda ultrice spada
  13. Cendrillon, opera in 4 acts: Allez, laissez-moi seul...Coeur sans amour, printemps sans roses
  14. La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Nacqui all'affanno
  15. Ariane, opera in 5 acts: Ô frêle corps...Chère Cypris
  16. Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-II (TrV 228a) (revised version): Sein wir wieder gut!
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Diva Divo
2011, Virgin Classics

UPC: 5099964198606


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