Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano
il Pomo d'Oro | Stefano Montanari
Ann Hallenberg brings rediscovered works from February 1729 back to our times, most of them recorded for the first time. Arias by Porpora, Orlandini, Giacomelli, and Leo.
Pentatone, June 2017
— The Times Records of the Year, 2017
— BBC Music Magazine, Recording of the Month, September 2017
— Gramophone, Editor's ChoiceSeptember 2017
— BBC Music Magazine Awards, Finalist - Opera, 2018
— Gramophone Magazine, Editor's Choice, Awards Issue 2017
"Arias from each role might as well have been tailor-made for Hallenberg’s pinpoint virtuosity and lyricism, communicative use of language, idiomatic embellishment, intelligently sculpted phrasing (limpid, gentle or turbulent as the music demands) and astute theatrical characterisation."
— Gramophone, Awards Issue 2017
"[Hallenberg] yes, the evenly produced control across the whole range is there; yes, the the technique to sing demanding passaggi is present and so is the mastery and intelligent application of ornamentation, including trills."
— Opera, October 2017
"Her range, with astonishing evenness of tone and voluptuous colouring, extends from contralto to soprano, and her sublime artistry keeps the attention...Her technical bravura leaves one almost breathless...Hallenberg’s alchemy turns this accomplished music to 24-carat gold."
— Sunday Times, 2nd July 2017
"Hallenberg dazzles with sensational virtuosity and warm tone that is straight as a die, and Il pomo d’oro supports brilliantly."
— The Observer, 9th July 2017