Belcanto Rarities Vol. III


Francesco Maria Veracini
Adriano in Siria
Dramma per musica in 3 atti
Libretto: Pietro Metastasio (adapted by Angelo Cori)
 
Article No.
BR 3
 
Full score (A4 metal spiralbinding, 312 p.)
 
Language: Italian (libretto: Italian and English).
 
Urtext edition and Introduction by Holger Schmitt-Hallenberg
Includes a Critical apparatus.
 
Cast:
Adriano (Contralto)
Farnaspe (Mezzosoprano)
Emirena (Soprano)
Sabina (Contralto)
Idalma (Soprano)
Osroa (Basso)
 
Orchestra:
Flauto I, II; Oboe I, II; Trombe I, II; Corno I, II; Violino concertato I, II; Violino I, II; Viola I, II; Violoncello I, II; Basso Continuo.
 
Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768), in his lifetime an esteemed composer and celebrated violin virtuoso, wrote this spectacular opera 1735 in London, for The Opera of the Nobility, the company rivaling Handel‘s efforts. The all-star cast included the castrato Farinelli (Farnaspe), but also several singers formerly associated with Handel, like Senesino (in the title role) and Francesca Cuzzoni (Emirena). The music is highly virtuosic and contains many brilliant showstoppers, but also several breathtakingly beautiful slow arias. The orchestra is unusually large and includes both brass and woodwinds, which are used to great effect in several  arias. The only surviving manuscript doesn’t include recitativi secci, but all orchestral pieces and three accompagnati are preserved.
The present edition does not reconstruct secco recitatives, but provides  a complete bilingual libretto.
Maestro Fabio Biondi conducted the modern premiere of this work with a distinguished cast of singers in Cracow and Vienna. This performance from 2014 has been released on CD on the "Fra Bernardo" label. 
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