Opera seria in three acts by Johann Adolf Hasse to a libretto by Pietro Metastasio (see Artaserse above); Venice, Teatro S Giovanni Grisostomo, February, ARTASERSE principe, e poi re di Persia, amico d’Arbace ed amante di. Semira. MANDANE sorella d’Artaserse ed amante d’Arbace. ARTABANO prefetto delle. The libretto is by Metastasio and Artaserse is the Persian king Artaxerxes I, son of Xerxes I (Serse). He ruled from BC to BC. The story is, as so often in.

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librettto Artaserse, who has been doubting the guilt of Arbace, his long-time friend, all this while enters the prison to secretly release Arbace. Work Title Artaserse Alt ernative. One of the finest versions.

Vinci: Artaserse – Limelight

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Serse has opposed their marriage and banished Arbace from the palace. Something other than politics in Washington, D. Casella, Orchestral Works, Vol. Just how much the singers controlled the show in opera seria we cannot tell by looking at just one setting of a given libretto. Vogt, Philharmoniker Hamburg, Ilbretto.

Artaserse (Vinci, Leonardo)

Afterwards he joined the household of King Philip V of Spain, whom he served not only as court singer but as a trusted and artasesre counselor as well. For long passages, indeed, the bass is confined to reiterations of single pitches that change regularly on the bar line. Meanwhile, Arbace sneaks into the palace to look for Mandane. Manze November 13, G. Megabise enters and declares that Arbace is the murderer. All the great castrati had such arias that they brought with them wherever they sang.


His fury at Serse’s treatment of his son and his desire for Arbace to become King have led him to assassinate Serse. The reason for the substitution lies in the casting.

Artabano says that he is the most miserable, and Artaserse says that though Artabano’s grief is great, artaerse is his own. For that reason as well as its lower price, the DVD version of this performance not reviewed may be the better deal. librettk

Burney, a great admirer of Vinci, gave him credit perhaps a little too much credit for virtually reinventing opera along lines similar to those that attended its original invention among the Florentines a century before.

Justice becomes beautiful when accompanied by mercy. The Cutdirected by Fatih Akin January 19, Arbaces, at first suspected of leading it, reveals himself as its suppressor and is reconciled with Artaxerxes.

However, Artaserse is reluctant to kill his friend, and envies Artabano for his mental strength to condemn his own son without question.

The main character of Metastasio’s Artaserse is based on the life of king Artaxerxes I of Persiaa ruler of the fifth century B. The rest of the opera’s story is an invented pairing of love interests, with Artaserse enamored of Semira, the sister of his best friend, Arbace, and Arbace in love with Artaserse’s sister, Mandane.


Thompson February 2, Artabanus, chief officer to Xerxes, King of Persia, seeing the power of the king diminish daily because librettl his losses to the Greeks, hopes to sacrifice to artasersr own ambition the whole royal family, along with the abovementioned Xerxes, and ascend the Persian throne. Mozart, Keyboard Works, Vols.

The story, attributed to the third-century Roman historian Justin Marcus Junianus Justinusreads as follows: Gratton October 9, It is most static, in fact, precisely when the voice part is the most florid, leaving no doubt about who is carrying artaderse musical ball.

Artabano arrives at the prison with Megabise and the other conspirators to look for Arbace.

Eschenbach May 27, Megabise enters and Artaserse confides his sadness and anger at the recent events to Megabise. Classical MusicOperaOpera. Willens November 13, J.

Artaserse initially wants to execute Artabano for treason but Arbace pleads for mercy on Artabano’s behalf. Barton Pine April 1, artasersw Aresi September 25, Critics have applauded the soprano’s touching assumption of Puccini’s seamstress. This means that there are five counter-tenors and one tenor Artabano appearing on this recording. Jedlin December 3, Artaserse is brimful with lovely music, from overture to the invigorating concluding chorus. Long a champion of Johann Adolph Hasse, American mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux waxes lyrical about a composer whose vocal writing she compares to the act of spreading peanut butter.