I’m a declared fan of Roberta Invernizzi since her first recordings with Antonio Floro, Alan Curtis and Fabio Bonizzoni. As her recital title, she is a Queen of the baroque opera.

I would have preferred a recital with less well-known repertoire, like the Neapolitan composer she has frequented or even Vivaldi rather than so much Giulio Cesare. As an example we have just had in London a full performance of this masterpiece by the English Touring Opera and will have another one with the Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn at the 2018 Handel Festival.

However, just listening to the beautiful Ah, mio cor or Se pietà di me non senti was worth the money (is anyone complaining about the 70’ full priced recital?). What a stunning voice! How well did Roberta managed to get her voice flowing through the hall playing with the acoustics and reverberation!

Accademia Hermans conducted from the harpsichord by Fabio Ciofini was correct but far from the exuberance of Floro’s Turchini or Bonizzoni’s La Risonanza.

So it was a very good recital but it left me up for more.