In Forgotten Arias, celebrated French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky joins acclaimed early music ensemble Concerto Köln for a unique musical project: together they shed light on the life and work of Antonio Caldara (1670-1736), one of the 18th century’s most beloved opera composers whose oeuvre the 21st century is just now rediscovering. A contemporary of Vivaldi, Handel, and Bach, he was among the first to set the great Italian poet Metastasio’s librettos to music. This film presents their captivating concert in Munich’s historic Prinzregententheater featuring selected arias from the composer’s operas for countertenor.
RIAS Kammerchor and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
The Ensemble Matheus at the Chapelle de la Trinité (conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi)
A documentary on the lives and artistry of countertenors
Verbier Festival 2009