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  • Orchestra: Orchestre de le Opéra National de Lyon
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B00FPTG0TG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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An Official Specialist Classical Chart No.1 best-seller, Stella di Napoili boasts world premiere recordings and Italianate rarities from the queen of Bel Canto and coloratura. Following the success of her crowd-sourced ‘Best Of’ collection reJoyce and her electrifying Drama Queens album of Baroque arias, Joyce DiDonato returns to her heartland repertoire to celebrate the birth of Bel Canto opera in 19th-century Naples.

On Stella di Napoli (Star of Naples), the American mezzo-soprano’s creamy tone and dramatic prowess breathe new life into little-known arias by Mercadante, Michele Carafa (a student of Cherubini and close friend of Rossini), Carlo Valentini and the prolific opera composer Giovanni Pacini, whose Stella di Napoli (1845) gives the album its title. Joyce worked closely with Italian conductor Riccardo Minasi (whose previous projects include Bellini’s Norma with Cecilia Bartoli) to bring three unjustly neglected arias to light in new editions and world premiere recordings.

Alongside these little-known gems, Joyce presents a sumptuous Bel Canto banquet with music by the three greats — Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti — including the latter’s Maria Stuarda: a tour-de-force signature role for Joyce, recently screened in cinemas and released on DVD from the New York Metropolitan Opera.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR JOYCE DIDONATO - STELLA DI NAPOLI

“You may think bel canto recital discs are not your thing. Let Joyce DiDonato convince you otherwise. She did me.” The Observer/Guardian *****

“DiDonato leaves no doubt that her own star is at its height” The Financial Times *****

“Hear this Naples - it’s to die for!”The Times *****"

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015 - Winner: Vocal Award

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I bought this primarily to listen to the title track, as there is so little of Pacini available. Plus her rendition of the Saffo.
What an immense surpise to listen to such a magnifcant voice. It reminds you of Marilyn Horne in her prime, but then again it is quite different. As the other reviewer has mentioned, the Bel Canto is truly what it should be, the legato, the colarutura, and phrasing is just excellent. This is a voice that is truly in its prime, and very beautiful.
When you listen to her in the Comte Ory (DVD), it is very remarkable, but now she has truly matured.
I have this CD playing constantly in the car at present, and it is just astounding at high volume.
The interpretation of the Bellini (Capuleti and Adelson) are so controlled and melodramatic, truly bringing out the style of Bellini.
Her interpretation of Maria Stuarda is magnificant, I have the DVD and it is as good as Janet Baker's, if not better. But is that due to technology improvements? - I can not tell. Certainly the drama is great.
However my favourite must be her rendition of Donizetti's Elisabetta al Castella di Kenilworth. It is so sweet, but then again so lyric, and then again so strong at times. Listen and you will see what I mean. I would enjoy a full recording of this to be sure.
This must be one of the best aria CD's released in a long time, you really must buy it - worth every penny.
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On continuous loop since last week. I keep noticing new little felicities in the singing. The voice is pure and the articulation perfect (without any of Cecilia Bartoli's sometimes exaggerated diction), but there's lots of power - and humour - there too. Terrific.

As for the choice of music, most tracks I haven't come across before, and like other reviewers, I'd love to see full recordings (particularly of the Donizetti items).
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My comment? I’m speechless. I bought this 3 weeks ago, and I can’t stop listening to it. The Maria Stuarda (penultimate track) is earth-stopping. For the Adelson and Salvini – I though the Elina Garanca interpretation was un-surpassable, but now I’m not so sure…

If you are reading this and are hesitating about buying this album - JUST DO IT! Its totally sublime.
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By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2016
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The bel canto singing of Joyce Didanato is an inspiring joy from beginning to end in this superbly put together recording. There really isn't a lot more to say, except that, if you love bel canto, you'll be over-joyed with all of it and want to play it over and over again.. Bellini, Rossini and Donizetta are among the six composers included. There are also works by Mercadonte, Valentini, Carata and Pacini (not to be confused with Puccini) Thoroughly recommended. It's an all time great.
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I was bowled over by the incredible music on offer.
Stunning singing.
Buy this you won't be disappointed.
If you've enjoyed this and want more try "Bravura Diva" with Jennifer Larmore.
It's worth it for the duet from Andronico
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Brilliant recording.....................A voice to die for - but then we knew that already........Excellent booklet accompanying CD.....Especially interesting as there were none of the old chestnuts , but all material I hadn't heard before. Worth every penny.
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Refreshing to have a recital including some less well known music, the performances are imaginative and beautifully executed. My only reservation is that the voice itself, as is often the case with a big operatic voice, is always very forward and lacks a little sense of space on this recording.
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Quite simply, wonderful. Nothing more to say. Oh, except that the prayer from Maria Stuarda is sublime and I wish that Ms DiDonato would record the whole opera on CD - naturally, I have the DVD!
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