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25 October 2017, 16:34
One of the most fiendishly virtuosic lines in Baroque opera, without a single breath...
Handel's opera Alcina is (typically for Frederick) filled with beautiful, melodious and virtuosic arias. One character, Bradamante, has a powerful, rage-filled aria – and in typical Handel style, it's full of long, spiky runs (the second phrase in the aria has 72 notes!).
Star mezzo Daniela Mack is currently singing this incredible work with Washington National Opera. She posted on her Facebook page explaining conductor Jane Glover challenged her to sing the epic line without a breath – and, you know, when a conductor asks you to do something, you've got to do it.
OK, deep breath... here's how Daniela took on that phrase:
Daniela – *gasping for breath in awe and wonder* – we say brava!
And just because it's amazing, this is Swedish mezzo Kristina Hammarström with the complete, breathless aria onstage.