My first encounter with Anna Bonitatibus was in 2005 in Zurich where she sang Sesto in Giulio Cesare. From that day to this I have admired her work.
And now comes this amazing CD titled Semiramide. Until the moment it appeared I had no idea this character appeared in so many operas. She is a legendary Assyrian figure, sometimes an Amazon, sometimes a queen, perhaps real, perhaps only a legend. The selection of pieces covers the history of Italian opera, from Caldara to Manuel Garcia the elder, all are masterfully presented by this great singer. It is good enough to win the Opera Award for CD operatic recital.