Court and Country Baroque Concert (Dolce Suono Ensemble, 2016)

“The soloist for the Dolce Suono affair was the mezzo-soprano Allegra De Vita, a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts, who will spend next season with the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Crafitz Young Artist Program. She sang five Baroque arias, in the process reinforcing the ancient truth that sad songs about love can be a pure delight when they’re sung in a full, colorful mezzo voice. For the finale, the rest of the cast joined her in a Vivaldi aria that placed a stream of vocal ornaments in a glittering instrumental setting.

The program notes mentioned that Allegra de Vita earned a bachelor’s degree in biology “with a concentration in neuroscience.” Presumably that has nothing to do with her musical abilities, but I find it heartwarming. My hopes for the future of our technological civilization rise a notch every time I learn that someone in the arts has studied a tough scientific subject.”

Tom Purdom, Broad Street Review  <April 19, 2016>