Franco Fagioli © Julian Laidig

Dramma per musica in three acts (1734)

Music by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Libretto by Pietro Metastasio

Opera in concert in Italian

Friday, 16 December 2016, 7 pm until 9:45 pm (Intermission: 8:20 pm)

Content

Intrigues surrounding power and love in ancient Syria: The Roman emperor Adriano must choose between Sabina, his betrothed, and Emirena, the daughter of his enemy, Osroe. Marrying Emirena would ensure peace between the Romans and the Parthians, but Emirena is already in love with the prince Farnaspe. Both are prepared to sacrifice their own happiness for the sake of peace. Adriano, impressed by such selflessness, returns to Sabina and allows the union of Emirena and Farnaspe. When Giovanni Battista Pergolesi began work on this Metastasian libretto in 1734 he was only 24 years old. It was to become his third opera seria, and he wrote the role of Farnaspe especially for the famous mezzo-soprano castrato, Gaetano Majorano, known as Caffarelli. But Pergolesi also provided dramatic music for the couple consisting of seconda donna and secondo uomo and for other supporting roles such as the scheming Aquilio. The composer died of tuberculosis only two years later.

Cast

Conductor

Jan Tomasz Adamus

Biography
Farnaspe

Franco Fagioli

Biography
Adriano

Yuriy Mynenko

Biography
Emirena

Romina Basso

Biography
Sabina

Dilyara Idrisova

Biography
Osroe

Juan Sancho

Biography
Aquilio

Sofia Fomina

Biography
Orchestra

Capella Cracoviensis

Biography