Artaserse, a sublime Baroque


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We have decided to open this section with an aria from the opera Artaserse, by the Italian composer Leonardo Vinci (1690-1730). Very soon he became the most famous Neapolitan composer. He wrote more than 40 scenic works, of which not all are preserved. His most famous operas are Didone abbandonata (1726) and Artaserse (1730).
Managed and developed the accompaniment of the recitative and modified its structure, creating the recitative "speaking", later developed by one of his students, Pergolesi.
This being the time of the castratti, Artaserse could not not have, at least, four roles for this vocal tessitura. The production to which this recording belongs is musically directed by Diego Fasolis. The stage design is by Silviu Purcarete and is performed by the most important countertenors that are currently, Philippe Jaroussky, as Artaserse; Max Emanuel Cencic, as Mandane; Juan Sancho, as Artabanus; Franco Fagioli, like Arbace; Valer Barna Sabadus, como Semira y Yuriy Mynenko, like megabise.
Performed at the Opera de Lorraine on 10 November 2012. And whoever cannot resist it and wants to attend this same production live, you can do it this spring at the Versailles Theater.
We include the complete opera, for the very coffee, but we have selected this aria performed by the Argentine countertenor Franco Fagioli. your interpretation, after the short opening recitative, It is simply, masterly. the theatricalization, perfectly timed and full of genius and spark, but, especially, the vocal artillery is an absolute delight.