ELENA XANTHOUDAKIS Jewels of the Bel Canto
Two straight-talking, hard-working Aussies collaborate
This film is an up-front depiction of the intensity and amount of hard work and preparation that goes into not just making a CD, but also giving a performance of ease and grace and building an entire musical career. Celebrated conductor Richard Bonynge is frank about what it takes to be a bel canto singer – exceptional talent, study, and hard graft - while fellow Australian, soprano Elena Xanthoudakis, is clearly both undaunted and utterly captivated by the bel canto repertoire which allows her to indulge in both comedic and dramatic roles. The CD, released on the Signum Classics label in March 2014, includes arias by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini and Verdi.