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Angel and Givens perform in Ars Llyrica’s “Forbidden Pleasures”

June 11, 2011

Houston Chronicle, June 9, 2011 — “For Forbidden Pleasures, Ars Lyrica has engaged countertenor Ryland Angel, making his Houston debut, and soprano Denise Givens, who’s no stranger to Ars Lyrica audiences.”  “Following the June 10th performance, Ars Lyrica will travel to Boston to repeat the program June 15th at the Boston Early Music Festival.”

“On the concert program (accompanied by a small baroque ensemble) are two relatively short cantatas: Alessandro Scarlatti’s Infirmata vulnerata, sung by Angel; and Domenico Scarlatti‘s Scritte con falso inganno, sung by Givens. As well, Alessandro’s Stabat Mater will be sung by Angel and Givens together; and also his Sonata in C Minor, played by cellist Barrett Sills.”

“Ryland Angel has been singing this repertoire for a long time,” Dirst says. “He sings in the contralto range, which is where the voices of many castrati lay. It’s hard for women to sing this music because it’s so active in the lower range, which is the weakest part of a woman’s voice. However, for castrato parts written in a soprano range, you almost always need a real girl – and Denise Givens has a very agile voice.”

Read more from the Houston Chronicle’s June 9th article.