Vivaldi Pyrotechnics

Sun | Jan 29, 2012 | 4:00pm

Europa Galante was formed in 1990 by Fabio Biondi to draw the international public’s attention to a new and definitive Italian presence in the interpretation of music from the baroque and classical eras on original instruments. Europa Galante has performed in the world’s major concert halls and theatres: La Scala in Milan, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Suntory Hall of Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New York and the Sydney Opera House, among many others. The ensemble has toured in Australia, Japan, Canada, Israel, the USA and South America. Gramophone writes simply “Europa Galante are acknowledged as the world’s best.”

The dazzling, vocally distinctive, theatrically engaging mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux continues to garner kudos for her compelling performances on the world’s great musical stages, not only for her extraordinary technique and beauty of voice, but also for her vibrant character portrayals. She is consistently lauded as one of the pre-eminent interpreters of Baroque and bel canto music.

The album on which this show is based, “Vivaldi Pyrotechnics,” was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Classical Vocal Performance category for 2011.

“From the vibrant, crackling and assured performance on Thursday, you could sense how much Mr. Biondi and his troupe believe in this work.” – The New York Times

“But the evening’s true glory belonged to Genaux, the Alaska-born artist whose company debut was a masterpiece of vocal grandeur and theatrical whimsy…. Her singing projects with easy aplomb, and she can shape a lyrical phrase with winning tenderness. Best of all, she delivered Rossini’s rapid-fire coloratura with breathtaking virtuosity and precision, all without breaking a sweat. To hear these vocal fireworks sung so cleanly and crisply is