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Farinelli in Prague, Jaroussky’s daring step…
Doing Farinelli’s arias is a dangerous step. After all, someone said in the 18th century:
one god, one Farinelli. Was Philippe Jaroussky’s voice big enough?
Were these arias not a bridge to far, given their complexity and virtuosity?
Just memorizing them correctly is already a daunting task, one time they go this way,
another time that way, always a bit different.
The Rudolfinum Theatre in Prague is originally built for 19th century orchestra’s and singers.
Would it work for Baroque music?
Jaroussky opened the Strings of Autumn Festival on September 23rd and took the public
in the Rudolfinum Theatre along the famous river Moldau by surprise.
It was a première of this program and sometimes this was slightly audible.
This is all new repertoire. Some passages might take a bit more time to come to their full expression.
But Jaroussky’s voice has grown stronger and fuller.
We can never know how Farinelli sang these arias but from descriptions of listeners at the time,
it seems that he sang them with ease and self confidence.
Very often the music was written especially for him and suited his voice.
This means a challenge for every singer who sings them now in a different time and with a different voice...
Jaroussky is a serious singer, who never approaches his music lightly, so this must have been a big challenge for him.
He was rewarded for his efforts by a wave of enthusiasm and standing ovation from the public!
“Alto Giove” was the only aria that he has done before and when he sang it, the growth of his voice became clear.
He uncovered a lot of previously unknown work of Porpora and it makes one curious to listen to a full opera by this composer.
Jaroussky brought a huge lot of new creative energy (and a lot of hard work) to Prague by singing these Farinelli arias.
This warm autumnal evening in Prague, Jaroussky made another step forward in his artistic development.
This is definitely a program you want to hear if you have the chance.
Jana, I asked him about Bartoli concerts- Mission. PJ will not attend any of them. He is too busy.
Audience was so enthousiastic. PJ came back to the stage after all memberd of orkest were already gone.
After this concert, he had three interviews, too.
There were no autograph session, however we could talk and say thank you to him.
He said " Thank you coming from far away". He is very kind and attentive person as you know.