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Fedra now available on CD!

The discovery of the Fedra score and Ricordi’s subsequent publication caused the Braunschweig State Opera to stage this work in its first ever performance in Germany. In the name part Capucine Chiaudani sings the role with vocal warmth and a wide range of expression. Very much in the bel canto mode is the flexible light soprano of Rebecca Nelson in the trouser role of Ippolito. She gives an all-round satisfactory feel to the solo singing (CD 1 tr.7. CD 2 tr.10). Tomasz Zagorski is a strongly sung Teseo with the hallmarks of a bel-cantoist in his vocal strength and range as well as in recitative (CD 2 trs.12-13). As Teramene, Dae-Bum Lee’s bass is strong and smooth (CD 1 tr.3). On the rostrum Gerd Schaller handles the ensembles and recitative with a felicitous touch. He keeps the plot moving along yet allows for the enjoyment of Mayr’s melodies and dramatic touch. The chorus sing with commitment and vibrancy.


“High respect to the singers, because their roles are difficult to sing. On top of that it does there are no example or recorded reference points. Freda demands a lyrical-dramatic (Mezzo)Sopran with sounding High and Low register. The Italian Soprano Capucine Chiaudani, who was repeateadly guest at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, possesses exactly such a flexibility”

“The Fedra by Capucine Chiaudani sounds in all the Primadonna registers without effort; she shines with a strong timbre, which easily reaches all registers. He farewell in her death scene became the real highlight of the evening…”

“The theatre proved to have a lucky hand in the choice of singers. Especially the devilishly difficult, coloratura blessed, very low and than again very high Fedra role, was brilliantly performed by Capucine Chiaudani with great, dark-light voice.”