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Lyric Opera of Chicago presents 'The Three Queens', a program that brings together the finales of Gaetano Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, showcasing three of the most fascinating heroines of opera history. These extraordinary women are interpreted by soprano star Sondra Radvanovsky, who performs them together with an excellent ensemble of soloists under the baton of Donizetti specialist Riccardo Frizza. Singing these three breathtaking roles on one night is an enormous challenge for any soprano, and this live recording captures all the excitement of this exceptional achievement.
In a recent statement, Sondra Radvanovsky said,
“The Three Queens project has been a very special highlight of my career. It is very rare when something comes together so quickly and easily. I sang all three Donizetti ‘Tudor Queens’ operas in one season at The Metropolitan Opera during their 2015/2016 season: a first for the Met, and a feat only ever attempted anywhere by a handful of other sopranos. The challenge of doing the last scenes from each of the operas was twofold: how do you make it exciting for the audience and, quite frankly, could I manage to sing that much technically difficult music in one evening?! The project involved an incredible team of people, including renowned couturier Rubin Singer, whose extraordinary gowns represented a modern take on Tudor fashion.” -Sondra Radvanovsky
Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious opera houses. Riccardo Frizza is among the most sought-after conductors for nineteenth-century Italian opera, while Sondra Radvanovsky is one of the most in-demand singers of her generation on both sides of the Atlantic. All three make their PENTATONE debut with 'The Three Queens.'
Released physically on 2 standard CDs on April 3, 2022.
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