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Joyce DiDonato‘s new album Stella di Napoli on Naxos of America

“One of the joys for me, and the huge challenge, is rising to the vocal demands of this music,” says Joyce DiDonato of her new album Stella di Napoli (Star of Naples), which ventures far off the beaton bel canto track.

The intrepid American mezzo-soprano has gotten her hands dirty in the archives to present largely unheard Neapolitan delights – not Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, but Carafa’s earlier Le Nozze di Lammermoor; rather than rehash Bellini’s La Sonnambula, she offers up Valentini’s Il Sonnambulo. And not a single aria lacking in vocal pyrotechnics.