Roberta Invernizzi, Ensemble Sezione Aurea, Filippo Pantieri – Arias for Anna Renzi the First Opera Diva (2022) [FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

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Roberta Invernizzi, Ensemble Sezione Aurea, Filippo Pantieri – Arias for Anna Renzi the First Opera Diva (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 48:13 minutes | 860 MB | Genre: Classical
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A homage from one superb Italian soprano to her forebear, the first “opera diva”.

Anna Renzi (c. 1620 – after 1661) was an Italian soprano renowned for her acting ability as well as her voice, who has been described as the first diva in the history of opera. Born in Rome, Anna Renzi was highly popular in Vienna in 1640s and made her debut in 1640 at the Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi in the presence of Cardinal Richelieu, as Lucinda in Il favorito del principe by the young composer Filiberto Laurenzi, who continued to function as her teacher and/or accompanist in later years. She became the most celebrated and highest-paid singer of the age, and famous composers wrote especially for her. Composers tended to make use of the full extent of Renzi’s voice, which spanned from middle C to high B-flat, and the four surviving non-Monteverdian settings of roles written for her (by Sacrati, Laurenzi, Cesti and Ziani) are characterized by strong dramatic, emotional and stylistic contrasts, designed to show off her uncanny command of vocal and expressive means.As the most celebrated singer in Venice during the 1640s, Anna Renzi created roles in operas by the great dramatists of the day including Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea. As outlined by the booklet’s detailed essay on Renzi’s life and career, her career was not very long but dazzling. It centred round the many Venetian theatres and prestigious tours that took her to Florence, Genoa and Innsbruck: from 1640, when she made her debut in Rome, her home city, in the opera written by Laurenzi staged at the French embassy in Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi, to 1657 in Le fortune di Rodope e Damira, set to music by Pietro Andrea Ziani, at Teatro Sant’Aponal in Venice.

Roberta Invernizzi begins her recital with “Disprezzata regina” from L’incoronazione di Poppea and follows it with two arias from Cesti’s lesser-known Argia of 1655, hardly less dazzling in the brilliance of its vocal line. “O cara libertà” is a standalone aria from a collection by a composer two generations after Monteverdi, Filiberto Laurenzi (1618-after 1651), and Invernizzi ends the album on a high with three arias from his little-known drama La Finta Savia.

Between the vocal selections, Ensemble Sezione Aurea insert instrumental interludes by Venetian contemporaries such as Rossi, Cima and Frescobaldi. The album as a whole adds up to a compelling portrait of Renzi, demonstrating her particular gift for bringing characters to vivid life on stage, and also a showcase for the vocal and dramatic talents of Roberta Invernizzi, who has taken lead roles in early operas under early-music luminaries including Alan Curtis, Rinaldo Alessandrini and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.


1. Roberta Invernizzi – L’incoronazione di poppea, SV 308: I. Disprezzata regina (04:45)
2. Roberta Invernizzi – L’Argia: I. Sinfonia avanti al prologo (02:11)
3. Roberta Invernizzi – L’Argia: II. S’un guardo mi vines (03:58)
4. Roberta Invernizzi – Passacaglia del signor Luigi (03:56)
5. Roberta Invernizzi – Sonata a due, violino e violone (05:08)
6. Roberta Invernizzi – O cara libertà (06:04)
7. Roberta Invernizzi – Canzon prima a basso solo, F 8.06c (05:35)
8. Roberta Invernizzi – Simulacro d’amor (03:58)
9. Roberta Invernizzi – L’Argia: III. Ecco l’alba che ridente (01:25)
10. Roberta Invernizzi – La finta savia: I. Spero, aspetto e non viene (02:53)
11. Roberta Invernizzi – La finta savia: II. Per far nascere un chirone (03:31)
12. Roberta Invernizzi – La finta savia: III. Stolta melanto ignuda (04:45)


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