Bringing to front again Lea Desandre’s new CD is, as you’d predict, terrific. She and Thomas Dunford are stars: if you haven’t seen them together then you’ve missed some real delight. For example, here they are in a concert recorded at the end of last year … try, for example, Monteverdi’s “Lettera amarosa” from 19.35 minutes in, and you will be captivated!

For more tasters from the new CD, here is a video of Lea Desandre singing with Cecilia Bartoli a duet by Giuseppe de Bottis, from his 1707 opera Mitilene, Regina delle Amazzoni. Yes, quite new to me and it will be new to you too, as it is (surprisingly, given the lovely music) a world premiere recording, as are most others on this CD. Both singers are in wonderful voice and enjoying themselves, we also get a little bonus wafting in the video from Lea Desandre who trained for thirteen years to be a ballet dancer!

And here’s another very short video of track from the CD: this time Lea Desandre sings “Sdegni, furori barbari”, an aria of Celinda from Pallavicino’s 1690 opera L’Antiope. As I say, the whole CD is indeed exceptional.

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