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Astounding Mezzo-Soprano Ann Hallenberg with the Venice Baroque Orchestra

Ms. Hallenberg convincingly brings out the tragic dimensions of the operas, her facial expressions marking the changing moods of the score, even in moments when she is silent. Supported by a supple orchestra whose members seem to breathe along with each of her notes and who provide a lush background for her pure soprano tone, she reminds anyone who still doubts it that the opera seria is above all theater, as she deftly paints the painful and vindictive figure of the dazzling eunuch Vagaus, or the anguished Tamiri. Her most admirable quality, perhaps, is the eloquence with which she voices the text – of which we perceive every word. Governed by such mast