The Italian contralto Sonia Prina made her debut at La Scala in 1998, at the age of 23, in the role of Rosina alongside a young Juan Diego Florez. Recognized for her deep and agile voice, she quickly turned to the Baroque repertoire. Particularly appreciative of Handel’s work, she has embodied several emblematic characters of his operas such as Bradamante (Alcina), Polinesso (Ariodante), Bertarido (Rodelinda) and the title role in Giulio Cesare. Equally at home in the Romantic and Post-Romantic repertoire, she has distinguished herself in the role of Mistress Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff.
The Accademia de’ Dissonanti, founded in 2020 by cellist and gambist Elinor Frey, is both an instrumental ensemble and an artistic institution. It presents concerts, educational activities, and publications focused on historically informed performance and research-creation.
Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord, organ and direction Alexander Read, violin I leader Olivier Brault, violin I Julie Rivest, violin II leader Jessy Dubé, violin II Valérie Arsenault, viola Elinor Frey, cello Shanti Nachtergaele, contrabass Mary Chalk, bassoon
VIVALDI Concerto for strings in D minor, RV 127 Stabat Mater, RV 621 PERGOLESI Salve Regina in C minor Georg MUFFAT Sonata No. 5 in G major “Armonico Tributo” (excerpts) VIVALDI In Furore iustissimae irae, RV 626 J.S. BACH Cantata Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54