The soprano ANNA PROHASKA sets the Baroque repertory ablaze!
For her first recording on ALPHA, the soprano ANNA PROHASKA sets the Baroque repertory ablaze!
The Alpha Classics label is delighted to announce that it will be recording several programmes over the next few years with the distinguished German soprano ANNA PROHASKA. Having started her career at an unusually early age, Anna Prohaska has quickly become one of the best-loved singers in Germany, and her career has already taken her to the world’s leading opera houses, from La Scala to Covent Garden by way of Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg, with today’s leading conductors.
Her first recital brings together two superb African queens – Dido and Cleopatra – and follows them all over Europe during the first century of opera, from the 1640s to 1740. A firework display of arias, virtuosic and tragic by turns, written by the leading personalities of Baroque music (Cavalli, Handel, Purcell, Hasse) and composers still awaiting rediscovery such as Sartorio, Graupner and the Venetian Castrovillari. For this programme built like a tragedy around the queens of Egypt and Carthage, whom she interprets with the passion and fervour that have made her reputation, Anna Prohaska is accompanied by one of today’s finest Baroque ensembles, Il Giardino Armonico; under the inspired guidance of their director Giovanni Antonini (who is also a dazzling recorder soloist in some of the arias), they keep us on the edge of our seats from start to finish.
With this new signing, Alpha Classics, a label of the Outhere Music group, confirms two of its priorities:
To develop vocal projects, solo recitals by singers and complete opera recordings on CD and DVD: after Véronique Gens, Georg Nigl, Rupert Charlesworth, Anna Prohaska and DVDs with William Christie, Christophe Rousset, Hervé Niquet and John Eliot Gardiner, other key artist signings will be announced shortly.
To gain a significant foothold in Germany: in 2015 Outhere opened offices in Cologne to accompany its releases in Germany, and the group will produce an increasing number of recordings with local artists and orchestras. This is demonstrated by projects with the NDR Sinfonieorchester (recently renamed NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester) and its new principal guest conductor Krzysztof Urbański, and the signing of young talents like the violinist Tobias Feldmann and the cellist Marie Elisabeth Hecker.