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Anna Caterina Antonacci
Around 1600, Italian composers such as Caccini and Monteverdi laid the foundations of what would become belcanto. The baroque ‘Arie antiche’, in particular the works by Cesti, Handel and Gluck, still prove to be useful today when singers are trained in legato singing – the indispensable condition for Rossini and Bellini’s breathtaking singing exercises. Later, composers such as Mascagni, Leoncavallo and Puccini moved away from this vocal virtuosity to favour a more realistic and verist style. The Italian mezzo-soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci astounded audiences at La Monnaie with her performance in the title role of Handel’s Agrippina. Her expressive sensitivity for drama constitutes the ideal basis for a rich exploration of this fascinating repertoire.
Anna Caterina Antonacci © Pascal Victor