Friday, November 15, 2013

Diana Damrau – A Harlot's Progress on Ö1 Radio This Weekend

No, I am not on the advertising team for Ö1  Radio. They just happen to be broadcasting a lot of great music that I want to make sure my readers don't miss. 

Tomorrow night (Saturday November 16th, Diana Damrau is featured in Iain Bell's A Harlot's Progress. Like Stravinsky's The Rake’s Progress, the opera is based on Hogarth paintings and engravings. said, in part: "Bell's score—while not particularly individual or original in character—shows an evident grounding in writing for the voice, as well as an ability to underscore the libretto and produce dramatic effect. Moll, tailor made for Diana Damrau, is a fabulous vehicle for this artist's exceptional talents."

Fingers are crossed for a video someday; but meanwhile, we have this audio recording. The performance was recorded in October at the Theater an der Wien. The cast includes Diana Damrau (Moll Hackabout), Marie McLaughlin (Mother Needham), Tara Erraught (Kitty), Christopher Gillett (Mr. Lovelace), Nathan Gunn (James Dalton), the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mikko Franck. 

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