“Leave it to local Queen of Early Music, Ellen Hargis — co-director of The Newberry Consort — to find the appropriate vehicle to showcase Sandoval in Chicago. Newberry Consort’s fall program The Empress: Margarita Teresa, cast Sandoval as a castanets-playing, dancing-on-the-way-to-hell Euridice in a comic Spanish-language intermezzo composed for Margarita Teresa by the Emperor Leopold I; and as a show-stealing Venus in the Judgement of Paris scenes from Antonio Cesti’s epic Il Pomo d’Oro. Cesti’s triumph aria for Venus after winning the Golden Apple has jaw-dropping coloratura licks that Sandoval tossed off with ‘a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it.’ (Castiglione, Baldassare, The Book of the Courtier, 1528).”

Vocal Arts Chicago – Editor’s Notes