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Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)
Donald Sulzen (piano)

She doesn't like being put into a category. Even her voice does not fit into a fach: 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: Berlioz' La Mort d'Ophélie, Respighi's Il tramonto, and other Lieder, Debussy's Chanson de Bilitis, Poulenc's La Fraîcheur et le feu, Ravel's Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques & Reynaldo Hahn's Venezia.

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