Roberta Invernizzi, perhaps the most exciting Italian Baroque soprano today, chooses three of the most flamboyant [Vivaldi arias] and dazzles with her coruscating yet perfectly controlled coloratura...While there is visceral excitement aplenty here, the best music, as so often in Vivaldi's operas, comes in the more introspective numbers. With flutey top notes and an expressive, selective use of vibrato, Invernizzi poignantly conveys Caio's mingled courage and anxiety in an aria from Ottone in villa. She entwines rapturously with solo violin as Lucio pleads for pity in Tito Manlio and finds a blanched, traumatised tone for Costanza's entreaty to the shades in Griselda...In sum, another winner for La Risonanza and a triumph for Invernizzi. --Richard Wigmore, Gramophone
One of Invernizzi s virtues is her ability to be fluently articulate and expressive, both in show-stoppers and arias that call for compassion, contemplation and reflection. Unlike some of her rivals, she always resists playing to the gallery. ***** --BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
EDITOR S CHOICE Hers is the voice of the baroque par excellence. My baroque disc of the year! --Classical Music Magazine 25 August 2012
A new recording from Roberta Invernizzi always gives pleasure, but on the rare occasion when the Italian soprano is placed in the spotlight, as with this new collection of opera arias, it promises something very special indeed. Invernizzi is known for her style and drama in the music of the Baroque (as on recent discs of Handel and Campra). This new journey, on Glossa, showcases Vivaldi s own fertile dramatic capacity to capture moods and a whole range of emotional highs and lows embracing anger, despair, anxiety, amorous frustration and touching intensity. Invernizzi triumphs, crowned by her electrifying performance of 'Dopo un orrida procella' from 'Griselda'. The programme offers a set of contrasts in known arias from Vivaldi s operatic music and those which deserve to be better-known. Invernizzi s interpretation is aided and abetted by La Risonanza s fine group of instrumentalists and, of course, sympathetic direction from Fabio Bonizzoni, speaking volumes for their long musical association.