Franco Fagioli‘s latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, titled Handel Arias, will be released this Friday 12 January. Recorded with specialist period-instrument ensemble, Il pomo d’oro, the album features Franco’s personal selection of favourite arias from Handel’s rich and colourful operatic works that reflect many of the defining moments of his career and his deep veneration for the great Baroque composer, which he named “the Broadway star of the Baroque.”
“When I was recording, it was as if I was taking snapshots of moments I wanted to capture for ever. In choosing the arias, my only criterion was this: which pieces move me the most when I sing them?” Franco on his new album, Handel Arias
Alongside highlights such as Ombra mai fu from Serse or the bravura arias Venti turbini from Rinaldo and Dopo notte from Ariodante, Franco has also chosen miniature gems such as the radiant, ethereal Ch’io parta? from Partenope.
Franco has found the perfect partner for his foray into Handel’s soundworlds in the musicians of Il pomo d’oro, whose players let all the nuances of the scores shine through, showing the extraordinary, weightless beauty of his voice, with its three-octave range, to full advantage from start to finish. His enthusiasm for Handel’s music is so infectious it spreads instantly to the listener. The splendours of the Baroque radiate from his recordings, marking him out as one of the most exciting performers of our time.
Franco and Il pomo d’oro will also be performing this repertoire on tour at venues in France, Germany, Belgium and Spain in January and March 2018.
13 January – Salle de concert Arsenal, Metz, France 15 January – Opéra d’Avignon, Avignon, France 20 January – Château de Versailles Spectacles, Versailles, France 22 January – Opera Comedie de Montpellier, Montpellier, France 2 March – Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany 9 March – Museum of Axel Vervoordt, Antwerp, Belgium 13 March – Auditorio Principe Felipe, Oviedo, Spain 15 March – Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid, Spain 17 March – Iglesia de San Cipriano, Zamora, Spain 19 March – ICAS – Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes de Sevilla, Seville, Spain
Watch the video for Ombra mai fu:
Watch the teaser for Franco’s Handel Arias:
Main photo credits: Deutsche Grammophon/ Igor Studio