131. Artaserse (Vinci)

Dramma per musica in 3 actsComposer: Leonardo VinciLibretto: Pietro MetastasioFirst performed: Teatro delle Dame, Rome, 4 February 1730 On Good Friday, most classical music lovers listened to Bach and Parsifal.  I had more fun: I watched a tenor and five (5!) countertenors, two of them in drag, in an opera seria masterpiece. Last week, I … Continue reading 131. Artaserse (Vinci)

126. Catone in Utica (Vinci)

Opera seria in 3 actsComposer: Leonardo VinciLibretto: Pietro MetastasioFirst performed: Teatro Alibert, Rome, 19 January 1728 A Roman triumph!  Decca’s 2015 recording (conductor Riccardo Minasi, with Il Pomo d’Oro) of this Caesarian opera seria has some of the most extraordinary singing I’ve ever heard.  Veni, audivi, Vinci, one might say. Catone in Utica was Leonardo … Continue reading 126. Catone in Utica (Vinci)