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French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky — whose voice is "sweet-toned, radiant" (NY Times) with the US’s foremost baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire will present a selection of rarely heard Vivaldi and Handel arias on Wednesday, October 26, at 8 pm in Reynolds Theater in the Bryan Center on Duke University’s West Campus.
Much of the music on the program was written for the great castrati of the 18th century, and gives Jaroussky an opportunity to showcase his impressive coloratura technique and sensitive, lyrical expressiveness. Works by Handel include arias from Oreste and Ariodante; Vivaldi is represented by arias from Catone in Utica, Giustino, and Orlando Furioso. Apollo’s Fire comprises period instrument specialists from North America and Europe, and is celebrated for their fresh approach to baroque music and innovative programming.
Philippe Jaroussky arrives at Duke as this generation's leading countertenor with a voice that is, according to BBC Music Magazine, "mellow, evenly toned, wide-ranging." Jaroussky has recorded seven solo recital albums for the Virgin Classics label, featuring repertoire by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, and many others. Winner of the Diapason d'Or award in 2010 for his recording of a selction of J. C. Bach arias, Jaroussky has inspired acclaim with each performance. "When I heard Philippe Jaroussky for the first time, I was struck by his musicality and sensibility," Cecilia Bartoli told the New York Times Magazine for their profile or Jaroussky last November. "There is a beauty in his phrasing and a delicacy, if not fragility, in his soul that touches the listener profoundly."
According to the Boston Globe Apollo’s Fire is "one of the world’s leading Baroque orchestras." With more than a dozen releases to their credit, the ensemble recently achieved a new milestone, placing their 2010 release of Monteverdi's Vespers in the top ten of the Billboard Classical chart. While the ensemble is based in Cleveland, it shares links with North Carolina — the founder of Apollo's Fire attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.