ⓘ Medonte (Mysliveček)

                                     

ⓘ Medonte (Myslivecek)

Il Medonte is an Italian opera in three acts by Josef Myslivecek set to a libretto by Giovanni de Gamerra. Like all of the composers operas, it belongs to the serious genre in Italian referred to as opera seria.

                                     

1. Performance history

The opera was first performed at the Teatro Argentina in Rome on 26 January 1780. It was a moderate success that redeemed the failure of the composers Armida, which was a spectacular failure at Milan during the same carnival operatic season of 1780. In modern times, it was revived for performances in Opava in 1961 and Leverkusen in 2010. The most famous vocal piece from the opera is the rondo "Luci belle, se piagente," which was widely disseminated in Europe until the early 19th century and was indeed one of the most outstanding vocal compositions of its era. It was originally sung by Tommaso Consoli in the role of Arsace. All of the original performers in the opera were male, since women were prohibited from appearing on stage in Roman theaters until Pius VII was elevated to the Holy See in the year 1800.

                                     

2. Vocal Set pieces

Act I, scene 1 - Cavatina of Arsace, "Deh, saffretti, astri tiranni" Act I, scene 1 - Aria of Evandro, "Merta gli allori al crine" Act I, scene 2 - Aria of Arsace, "Fra gli affanni" Act I, scene 3 - Aria of Zelinda, "Chio presso del soglio" Act I, scene 4 - Aria of Selena, "Ah, caro ben vicina" Act I, scene 5 - Aria of Medonte, "Pensa che sol per poco" Act I, scene 7 - Accompanied recitative for Selena and Arsace, "Tu parli di morire?" Act I, scene 7 - Duet for Selena and Arsace, "Ah, se mi sei fedete"

Act II, scene 1 - Aria of Talete, "Vedro fier sempre in calma" Act II, scene 3 - Aria of Zelinda, "Se vuoi dellindegno" Act II, scene 5 - Aria of Medonte, "Serba costante" Act II, scene 7 - Accompanied recitative of Selena, "Dove, ah dove, son io" Act II, scene 7 - Cavatina of Selena, "Adorata mia speranza" Act II, scene 9 - Accompanied recitative of Arsace, "Cedere e forza, o cara" Act II, scene 9 - Aria Rondo of Arsace, "Luci belle, se piangete" Act II, scene 12 - Aria of Evandro, "Vedrai se un fido core" Act II, scene 13 - Trio for Selena, Arsace, and Medonte, "Tremate empi"

Act III, scene 2 - Aria of Medonte, "Perfidi io sciolgo il freno" Act III, scene 3 - Aria of Arsace, "Scioglio cara un dolce riso" Act III, scene 4 - Aria of Selena, "Mesti affanni"

                                     

3. Recording

  • Myslivecek: Medonte Loriana Castellano mezzo-soprano, Thomas Michael Allen tenor, Juanita Lascarro soprano, Ulrike Andersen contralto, Susanne Bernhard soprano, Stephanie Elliott soprano. Larte del mondo, de:Werner Ehrhardt Dirigent. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 3CD, 2011.
                                     
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