Baroque baddies

He could be a bass singing a da capo aria.

I just read a great review by Stephen Rice of the Glossa recording of William Hayes’ The Passions, an ode for music in the current issue of Oxford’s Early Music. One spectacular line stood out, “Basses usually get to sing the best baddies, Baroque composers reaching for low notes when nastiness is required with the predictability of Hollywood casting director speed-dialing Alan Rickman.” Brilliant!

Who are some of your favorite Baroque baddies? Please share.

Another gem from Glossa.

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