Opera Rara and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Sir Mark Elder) recorded Donizetti's rare masterpiece Belisario. The work was performed after the week of recording on October 28 - the result was serious buzz surrounding the release of the recording in
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2012 "Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury lit a bigger fire as Antonina, his poisonous wife, though El-Khoury’s skill in tapering dynamics and placing her heart in the audience’s palms made the character much more than the standard harpy." -Geoff Brown, London Times "Joyce
Joyce El-Khouri broadened the heart-on-sleeve histrionics with her sinuous, intelligent portrayal of Antonina...El-Khouri sang wonderfully, producing a penetrating pianissimo of exceptional tonal solidity and dealing with all the bel canto gymnastics with effortless technical security. Her sexy and imperious presence cast a long, interesting shadow over the whole evening, and she was electrifying in her confession of perjury that closes the opera.
“Soprano Joyce El-Khoury is taking on the role of the vengeful wife of a Byzantine general in Donizetti’s Belisario this weekend. Sir Mark Elder is conducting a live performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican this Sunday, as