Anyone who doesn’t yet know that Kansas-bred former Merolina Joyce DiDonato is a treasurable and highly versatile artist can join her throngs of devotees for “Drama Queens,” a program in which Handel and a variety of Baroque and late-18th-century composers bring to life (and sometimes death) Queens Berenice, Orontea, Octavia, Semiramide, Ifigenia, Armida, and Cleopatra. Prepare for an unforgettable evening in which imaginative, technically astoundingly coloratura is put to the service of dramatic expression. A prerecital visit to an Oxygen Bar is strongly encouraged.
Jason Victor Serinus is a professional whistler and lecturer on opera and vocal recordings. He is editor of Psychoimmunity and the Healing Process: A Holistic Approach to Immunity & AIDS, and he has written about music for Opera News, Opera Now, American Record Guide, Stereophile, Carnegie Hall Playbill, Gramophone, AudioStream, San Francisco Magazine, Stanford Live, Bay Area Reporter, and other publications.