Anne Sofie von Otter, Wigmore Hall

A deeply intense sentiment was conveyed, enhanced by a spirited dialogue between the two violins and the marvelous realization – expressive, intricate but never overwhelming – of the repeating ground bass by theorbo player, Daniel Zapico.

Zapico’s ornamentation of the phrase, ‘Onde morta ed esangue la Regina’ (‘When the Queen is dead and lifeless’) was masterful, evoking a remarkable still languor. Von Otter even turned instrumentalist herself, shaking and striking a tambourine, stamping and clapping energetically to the sprung, syncopated rhythms.

Opera Today.
Claire Seymour | Abril 2011.