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concert Cecilia Bartoli sings Mission: Newly discovered opera arias by Agostino Steffani With Philippe Jaroussky, Diego Fasolis, and I Barrocchisti

With Philippe Jaroussky, Diego Fasolis, and I Barrocchisti

Cecilia Bartoli sings Mission: Newly discovered opera arias by Agostino Steffani With Philippe Jaroussky, Diego Fasolis, and I Barrocchisti

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Cecilia Bartoli unearths a spellbinding selection of arias ranging from the explosively energetic ("Svenati, struggiti, combatti") to the ethereally beautiful ("Sfere amiche"), all by Agostino Steffani—"a forgotten genius," according to the beloved diva, "who's been overlooked for far too long." The Roman mezzo-soprano, who possesses one of the most spectacular voices of our time—as well as superhuman lung capacity, incredible vocal agility, and stunning expressivity—is also a champion of lesser-known repertoire, bringing to light composers like Steffani, a singer, instrumentalist, diplomat, and Venetian bishop of the Baroque period.

With the impeccable musicians of period orchestra I Barrocchisti under Diego Fasolis, as well as a special appearance by renowned countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, Steffani's music resonates grandly—as if for the very first time—amid the marbled and golden opulence of the Palace of Versailles. This dazzling audiovisual production is a prime example of the boldness, willingness to take risks, and faultless vocal prowess that have won the virtuosic Bartoli such a singular and brilliant career.

Cast

  • Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera
  • I Barocchisti
  • Diego Fasolis | Harpsichordist, Organist, Conductor

Program

  • Agostino Steffani, I trionfi del fato
    • II, 14: Duet. Combatton quest'alma
  • Agostino Steffani, Niobe, regina di Tebe
    • I, 13: Sfere amiche, or date al labbro
    • III, 1: Amami, e vederai
  • Agostino Steffani, Stabat Mater
    • I. Stabat Mater dolorosa
  • Agostino Steffani, La libertà contenta
    • II, 9: Svenati, struggiti, combatti, suda
  • Agostino Steffani, La superbia d’Alessandro
    • I, 8: Tra le guerre e le vittorie
  • Agostino Steffani, Niobe, regina di Tebe
    • I, 13: Recitative. Dell'alma stanca a raddolcir le tempre
    • II, 10: Recitative and duet. All'impero divino divota … T’abbraccio, mia Diva … Ti stringo, mio Nume
    • I, 23: Recitative and duet. Serena, o mio bel sole … Mia fiamma … Mio ardore
  • Agostino Steffani, Tassilone
    • V, 5: Deh non far colle tue lagrime
    • V, 5: Deh non far colle tue lagrime
  • Agostino Steffani, La superbia d’Alessandro
    • I, 15: Non prendo consiglio
  • Agostino Steffani, La lotta d’Hercole con Acheloo
    • Scene 7: La cerasta più terribile
  • Agostino Steffani, Niobe, regina di Tebe
    • II, 5: Recitative and aria. Ove son? Chi m'aita? In mezzo all'ombre ... Dal mio petto
  • Agostino Steffani, La libertà contenta
    • II, 13: Notte amica al cieco Dio
  • Agostino Steffani, Marco Aurelio
    • III, 15: Non si parli che di fede
  • Agostino Steffani, La superbia d’Alessandro
    • III: Luci ingrate
  • Agostino Steffani, Alarico il Baltha, cioè L'audace re de' Gothi
    • II, 14: Palpitanti sfere belle

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Olivier Simonnet
  • Venue: Château de Versailles (Versailles, France)
  • Production date: 2012
  • Duration: 1 h 00 min
  • Production: © Idéale Audience – ARTE France
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