Artaserse (DVD)

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Artaserse (DVD)
Composer: Johann Adolf Hasse
Release Date: 2/26/16
Artists: Alessandro Camera • Andrea Viotti • Antonio Macchitella • Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani • Maria Grazia Schiavo • Sonia Prina • Franco Fagioli • Rosa Bove • Antonio Giovannini • Ensemble Barocco of the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia

Johann Adolf Hasse’s (1699-1783) Artaserse was premiered in 1730 in Venice, Italy. The most famous singers of the time were involved in the performance: Farinelli portrayed Arbace, Cuzzoni performed as Mandane, and the famous castrato Nicolino depicted Artabano. The work was a huge success for Hasse, and in 1740 and again in 1760 he repurposed the same composition in two different versions. This world premiere recording features the Venitian version of the drama. Countertenor Franco Fagioli gives a stellar performance in the role that was once Farinelli’s.

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