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Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)
Donald Sulzen (piano)

Anna Caterina Antonacci's warm, supple timbre is ideal for mezzo roles, but she can also soar effortlessly into soprano skies. This Italian artist is equally at home in baroque, bel canto and contemporary music. When she is not performing one of the mythical female figures in operatic history, like Gluck's Armide, Cassandre (Les Troyens), Bizet's Carmen and Fauré's Penelope, she can be heard in concert and recital. She and her pianist Donald Sulzen are particularly fond of popular, and less well known, music from the belle époche. She performs Italian Lieder by Respighi and Hahn, French melodies by Debussy, Fauré and Ravel with a wonderful poetry and a disarming naturalness. Anna Caterina Antonacci has enjoyed enormous success with Poulenc's La Voix humaine, which she has performed at places including Brussels, London and San Francisco on stage and in concert. She sings the role again in Bologna this April, in a double bill with Mascagni's Cavelleria Rusticana and you can hear her singing Charlotte (Werther) in Valencia this May.

Her programme:

Hector Berlioz Mort d’Ophélie
Claude Debussy Chansons de Bilitis
      La Flûte de Pan
      La Chevelure
      Le Tombeau des naïdes
Ottorino Respighi
      Acqua
      Crepuscolo
      Sopra un’aria antica
      Il tramonto
for mezzo-soprano & string quartet, with the Hindemith Quartet
Ingo de Haas violin
Joachim Ulbrich violin
Thomas Rössel viola
Daniel Robert Graf cello

       interval

Francis Poulenc La Fraicheur et le feu
Maurice Ravel Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques
      Chanson de la mariée
      Là-bas vers l’église
      Quel galant m’est comparable
      Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques
      Tout gai
Reynaldo Hahn Venezia (six Lieder in Venetian dialect)
      Sopra l’acqua indormenzada
      La barcheta
      L’avertimento
      La biondina in gondoleta
      Che pecà!
   

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