Franco Fagioli: Rossini (CD)

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Franco Fagioli: Rossini (CD)

Orchestra: Armonia Atenea
Conductor: George Petrou
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Audio CD (October 14, 2016)
Number of Discs: 1

Enjoy Franco Fagioli's debut on Deutsche Grammophon with a masterful recording of Rossini arias.

Franco has brought the countertenor voice to a new level, with a sound and technique that nobody thought were possible. He is not only the most unique and virtuosic countertenor but he has one of the most extra-ordinary voices of the lyric panorama in our days.

He is the first countertenor to sign exclusively to the label in its 118-year history.

Franco Fagioli is a real pioneer as the very first countertenor to complete his training in his native Argentina at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 2003. Trained by bel canto technique teachers, his voice does not know about technical limitations and goes from the very low chest voice until the highest soprano register with ease.

For his debut album on DG, Franco has recorded an all Rossini album. He has chosen so called trouser roles that approach the delightful confusion between voice and gender, particularly in Rossini s rarely performed serious operas, with many male characters whose substantial roles were written for women and not for castrati. But the castrato voice fascinated Rossini, their purity and wonderful flexibility; their profoundly penetrating accent . For Franco Fagioli there is a special appeal to restoring these roles, therefore this album is so far the closest that we can get to the sound that Rossini had in mind and would have wished for this repertoire.

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