– The Italian singer recorded his new album with the Orchestra dell’Accademia dell’Annunciata, and the official launch will be in February, with a concert conducted by Riccardo Doni.
The Milanese bass Andrea Mastroni, who has been singing the role of Sparafucile in Rigoletto (Verdi) at the Royal Opera House in London since December – a role in which he made his debut last year at the Metropolitan in New York–, will return to the city of his birth, Milan, for the official launch of his new CD, Melancholia (Egea Music), recorded with the Orchestra Accademia dell’Annunciata conducted by Riccardo Doni. The record will be launched in a concert on the 4th February at the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan (Italy). The CD includes little-known arias for the deep bass register, a selection of scenes and overtures from various operas by Georg Friedrich Händel written for the famous 18th century bass Antonio Paolo Montagnana. The repertoire in Melancholia also includes pieces planned for other important stars of the era, such as Gustavus Waltz and Giuseppe Maria Boschi, who took lead roles in the world premieres of the operas Ariodante, Riccardo I Re d’Inghilterra and Aci, Galatea e Polifemo.
The recording is already available on digital platforms (iTunes e Spotify), and Andrea Mastroni describes the music as “Very special. Our efforts have meant that long-forgotten musical jewels have been brought to light in Melancholia. Music has the capacity to explain far off eras and stimulate historical memory. Revivals like this are a form of culture and public service, vital and essential for understanding the past, and for the enjoyment of future generations.”
Later, in March, the Italian bass will travel to Austria to appear in Tosca (Puccini) at the Salzburg Easter Festival.