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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Nevertheless, Semira accuses Artaserse of being a tyrant. In this version, Arbace is the son of Artabano, who murders the king because he opposes his son’s marriage to Mandane, and the suspicion that falls on Arbace, because he exchanges swords with his father after the murder, prevents the two marriages from going forward until the expected Metastasian lieto fine. Some items to consider. It seems that Behle is ready for the lirico-spinto repertoire.

Artabano is captured and lead away, but Artaserse, in love with Semira, condemns him, not to death but to exile.

Artaserse (Vinci) – Wikipedia

But if the format of the aria has become ampler and more complicated since the time of Scarlatti, the texture has been simplified. Artaserse is unsure of what to do as making a decision means having to choose between his sister and his lover.

The finest we have had in years. University of Chicago Press, Mayr, SaffoA. Mandane questions Arbace with the evidence, and also points out Arbace’s unhappiness with Serse, and Arbace does not deny the evidence, but continues to maintain his innocence to the very end.


Artaserse (Vinci, Leonardo)

Gaigg January 8, David, HerculanumV. Semira is also horrified to see her brother sentenced to death, but Artaserse maintains that he had left Arbace’s life in Artabano’s hands, and thus was not the one who sentenced Arbace to death.

Arbace turns to Megabise next, but he too is librett to Arbace’s plight and leaves. Meanwhile, Artabano is devastated at the apparent death of his son, and swears to have his revenge by killing Artaserse. Go to the opening of CD 2 and listen to the aria Rendimi il caro amico tr.

Happy end to this bloody story!

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The story, attributed to the third-century Roman historian Justin Marcus Junianus Justinusreads as follows: Follow us on Twitter. Eschenbach May 27, Bruckner, Symphony No. Einojuhani Rautavaara, Giant Of Please login to read this article. As this was the age of the castrati and women were forbidden on the Roman stage, all six of the characters, including the two female roles, were played by men.

Lacombe February 12, The drawbacks of live recording are worse than normal in this case, with weirdly scattered, not always enthusiastic applause interrupting far too often, as well as some sporadic cheering, which is even more annoying. Before he has time to drink Megabise and his soldiers approach the castle. Mandane, the daughter of King Serse, and Arbace, the son of the King’s general Artabano, are in love. Semira blames Mandane for being heartless, but Mandane too is devastated by the news of Arbace’s death, and accuses Semira of not understanding her pain.



It was a style Vinci had in fact pioneered, making him historically a figure of considerable importance, even if his music is forgotten today, along oibretto the most part with the opera seria itself. Subscribe Explore librstto Subscription Options Subscribe, gift or renew to Limelight Magazine this month and you could win tickets to see your state symphony orchestra in As is typical of Italian operas of that time, Artaserse opens with an Italian overture or sinfonia in three fast-slow-fast movements in this case allegro, grave and minuetto.

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Artaserse continued to be popular for a while after Vinci’s death, but has since faded into obscurity. Mandane is horrified to see Artabano condemning his own arttaserse to death, and accuses Artabano of being heartless.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. After Artaserse leaves, Arbace is brought in by a guard. Gergiev May 13, J. Davis,p.

Your subscription has been confirmed. The ,ibretto star names, Philippe Jaroussky as King Artaserse and Max Emanuel Cencic as his sister Mandane, are class acts, the latter putting in a most feisty performance as the firebrand princess whose lover, Arbace, is believed to have killed her father.

He confesses to all that he has poisoned the cup, intending to kill Artaserse and that he had also assassinated Serse. Meanwhile, Mandane is conflicted by her feelings for Arbace.