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Recording a new Agrippina: (l-r) Elsa Benoit, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli, Jakub Józef Orliński

Josephine Miles

WIN Handel’s Agrippina on CD

11:51, 20th February 2020

Enter our competition for your chance to win Erato’s stunning new release of Handel’s Agrippina, our recording of the month

The 3-CD set boasts an all-star cast including Joyce DiDonato, Elsa Benoit, Franco Fagioli and Jakub Józef Orliński.

Reviewing the release for Opera Now, Francis Muzzu wrote: ‘This recording is hugely convincing. The recitatives crackle along at a pace and everyone throws themselves into the plot with immense gusto. Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Il Pomo d’Oro with precision and flow.

‘Joyce DiDonato in the title role gives one of her best recorded performances, not just because she sings it wonderfully but because it allows her to convey so many emotions. Elsa Benoit’s Poppea reveals a fresh soprano, beautiful of tone and buoyant of line. Franco Fagioli’s Nerone offers less tonal attractiveness but it is a vivid and bravura portrayal. Rising star Jakub Józef Orliński’s countertenor is smooth and sensuous as Ottone.’

Five copies are available to win. To enter the competition, simply complete this form.

The competition closes on 13 March 2020.

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