-In December the Italian singer will release a record that will be officially launched in Milan next February
In early December Melancholia (Egea Music) will be released on the international market, a recording of arias by the most important composer from the Italian baroque opera period, Georg Friedrich Händel – a German who carved a career for himself in England. The renowned Italian bass Andrea Mastroni has just recorded the album alongside the Orchestra Accademia dell’Annunciata, conducted by Riccardo Doni. This new recording focusses on little-known compositions made for the low bass register from operas such as Ezio and Orlando, written especially for the singer Antonio Montagnana. Montagnana was an extraordinary artist who, thanks to his talent and range, inspired the composer to write music for roles especially created for bass, a register that was side-lined in musical theatre during this period, when the prima donna or castrato took pride of place. “When searching for material for this recording,” explains Andrea Mastroni, “I discovered an artistic personality who was literally devoted to the stage, at a time when the dramaturgical climate was highly expressive.” The Italian singer wanted to take on some of the roles that this extraordinary artist had inspired, allowing the genius Handel to create roles with strong dramatic impact.
The repertoire in Melancholia also includes arias written for other outstanding singers of the period, such as Gustavus Waltz and Giuseppe Mari Boschi, who appeared in the operas Ariodante, Riccardo Primo Re d’Inghilterra and Acis and Galatea. The recording is a tour de force, bringing almost forgotten repertoire to life again. The official launch will be in Milan on the 4th February 2018.