Scherza, infida…

This is the rendition that opened my ears to the stark greatness of this aria. Although it’s much praised and although I liked Ariodante’s other arias a lot, somehow I never got it before. It’s proof of Coote’s great skill at expressing emotional abyss. Ariodante is an elusive, tricky character and not many get him right. He comes off as a lot more introverted and emotionally vulnerable than other opera seria knights.

Advertisements

About dehggial

opera lover with a predilection for Mozart and Baroque

Posted on December 12, 2013, in ...and then I heard that, baroque, mezzos & contraltos and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: