Semiramide, La Signora regale

The last century has not been kind to Semiramis, an oversight which Anna Bonitatibus seeks to remedy through the mostly delightful revivals of underrated arias recounting the queen’s brave exploits and tragic demise. The standout is Meyerbeer’s aria, a divine confection of harp and mezzo-soprano, choir and orchestra, its melodic undulations playing to Bonitatibus’s coloratura abilities. […]