NATHALIE STUTZMANN – ORFEO 55
(2011, Deutsche Grammophon / Universal)
Dedicated to Antonio Vivaldi, Prima Donna is Nathalie Stutzmann's debut album as a singer and conductor.
At a time when the public cheered the castrati, the nonconformist Vivaldi preferred to them the fascinating timbre of female contraltos, to which he gave a place of honor in his operas. With Prima Donna, Nathalie Stutzmann brilliantly illustrates this historical originality by bringing together the most beautiful tunes, famous or unpublished, that Vivaldi composed for these adored singers. Nathalie Stutzmann directs Orfeo 55 with the musical rigor, expressive freedom and emotional intensity that make her reputation.
Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto & CONDUCTING