|About Vivica Genaux|
|In a review of a recording of Handel's Arminio for Opera News of December 2001, M. Lignana Rosenberg wrote of Vivica Genaux: "[T]his set makes abundantly clear why mezzo Vicica Genaux is widely hailed as one of opera's up-and-coming 'it' girls. Something special happens when she starts to sing--somethig that sets off a thrill, something that her warm, vibrant tone, razor-sharp diction, boldness of attack and sensational technique only begin to explain. Genaux has ... pizzazz? Élan? Decide for yourself, but try not to miss the defiance with which she spits out the captive prince's recitative in Act III, or the sheer spunk she brings to the wickedly difficult 'Fatto scorta al sentier di gloria.'"|
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|Vivica Genaux's recording of arias written for the eighteenth-century castrato Farinelli was released in France in April 2002, and in Great Britain in May 2002. It was released in the United States on September 10, 2002, and can be ordered from amazon.com.
"This new CD from the brilliant American mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, serves up a dazzling selection of party pieces associated with the celebrated castrato. And she is totally up to the task," wrote James Jorden for gaycitynews.com.
|"American mezzo Vivica Genaux is one of the hottest young singers in opera, and her album of famous 'Bel Canto Arias' showcases what critics and audiences love -- peppery, precise coloratura passages, a voice that is warm and creamy in all registers, and that extra-special sparkle that elevates fine singers to the company of superstars," wrote Chris Schull for the Wichita Eagle.
Bel Canto Arias, at hmv.com.au
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, conducted by René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi France; three CD's) Mr. Jacobs's output is so prolific you could almost believe he's improvising the music as he goes; indeed, opening up Handel to improvisation is one reason his recordings bring the composer alive. This performance is especially fine, with a strong cast (including Vivica Genaux in the title role) and vital playing.
--from article "The Best Classical CD's of 2003" in New York Times of December 21, 2003.
The Virgin Classics recording of Vivaldi's Bajazet was released at amazon.fr on March 29, 2005, at amazon.co.uk on April 4, 2005, and at amazon.de on April 15, 2005. Fabio Biondi conducts Europa Galante and a cast that includes Illdebrando D’Arcangelo, Patrizia Ciofi, Elina Garanca, David Daniels, Vivica Genaux, and Marijana Mijanovic.
|Vivica Genauz is scheduled as Sextus in performances of Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto for San Diego Opera on April 15, 18, 21, and 23, 2006.|
|Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux will make a cameo appearance in the movie Fracture, due out in the fall of 2006, according to her representative, says an article at playbillarts.com.
In the film, the characters played by Ryan Gosling and Rosamund Pike attend a recital by Genaux; she is shown singing the aria “Ombra fedele anch’io” from Riccardo Broschi’s 1730 opera Idaspe.
Genaux has recorded that aria for her CD Arias for Farinelli.
Les Talens Lyriques / Rousset
27 March 2007 / 19:00
Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset conductor
Angelika Kirchschlager Ariodante
Danielle de Niese Ginevra
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo Il Re
Topi Lehtipuu Lurcanio
Sandrine Piau Dalinda
Vivica Genaux Polinesso
|The New York stage premiere of Handel's "Semele," starring soprano Elizabeth Futral, is scheduled to open the fall season of the New York City Opera on September 13, 2006. American mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux will make her company debut as Juno in the same production, which is to be conducted by Antony Walker and directed by Stephen Lawless, with costumes and sets by Anthony Baker. Source: nj.com|