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Cecilia Bartoli, Mission: Agostino Steffani in Versailles

Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano, Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor, Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera
Diego Fasolis, musical director; Arend Prohmann, artistic director; Christian Gasc, costumes design; Liliane Rametta, make up; Joelle Dominique, hairstyle, hairpiece
I Barocchisti

A strange character in a cassock walks through the courtyard of a quiet palace. The marble busts decorating the facades are staring blankly, the sky is filled with menacing clouds… The man stops, hesitates, and then comes in. More than three centuries after his first appearance, the mysterious composer is back at the Château de Versailles. Suddenly, rustling and sparkling in her golden blue silk dress, a woman shows up, singing a frenzied air. Alone or with a chorus, as an outraged queen or enamoured, princess Cecilia Bartoli along with Philippe Jaroussky, performs and embodies with passion the operas set to music by the composer priest. Cecilia Bartoli sings and her voice transports us within Louis XIV’s chambers, under the gold of the Hall of Mirrors, between the Salon de Vénus’ brown marbles or the mysterious groves in the palace’s park. Hidden in the obscurity by the singer the musician priest decided to win over the Sun King’s castle with his music…

Repertoire

Steffani: HENRICO LEONE Act I, Scene 16, Ballet of the Nymphs and Forest Spirits: Entrée; HENRICO LEONE Act I, Scene 16, Ballet of the Nymphs and Forest Spirits: Prélude très viste; Steffani/Mauro: I TRIONFI DEL FATO Act III, Scene 9 "Mie fide schiere, all'armi!"; Steffani/Pallavicino: TASSILONE Act II, Scene 6, "Più non v’ascondo"; Steffani/Mauro: I TRIONFI DEL FATO Act II, Scene 14, duet "Combatton quest'alma"; Steffani/Orlandi: NIOBE, REGINA DI TEBE Act I, Scene 13 "Sfere amiche, or date al labbro"; Steffani/Orlandi: NIOBE, REGINA DI TEBE Act III, Scene 1 "Amami, e vederai"; Steffani: STABAT MATER I. Stabat Mater dolorosa; Steffani: HENRICO LEONE, Air: Gay; Steffani/Mauro: LA LIBERTÀ CONTENTA Act II, Scene 9 "Svenati, struggiti, combatti, suda"; Steffani/Mauro LA SUPERBIA D'ALESSANDRO Act I, Scene 8 "Tra le guerre e le vittorie"; Steffani/Orlandi: NIOBE, REGINA DI TEBE Act I, Scene 13 recitative "Dell'alma stanca a raddolcir le tempre"; Steffani/Orlandi: NIOBE, REGINA DI TEBE Act II, Scene 10 recitative and duet "All'impero divino divota … T'abbraccio, mia Diva … Ti stringo, mio Nume"; Steffani/Orlandi: NIOBE, REGINA DI TEBE Act I, Scene 23 recitative and duet "Serena, o mio bel sole … Mia fiamma … Mio ardore"; Steffani/Pallavicino: TASSILONE Act V, Scene 5 "Deh non far colle tue lagrime"; Steffani/Mauro: LA SUPERBIA D'ALESSANDRO Act I, Scene 15 "Non prendo consiglio"; Steffani/Mauro: LA LOTTA D'HERCOLE CON ACHELOO Scene 7 "La cerasta più terribile"; Steffani/ Orlandi: NIOBE, REGINA DI TEBE Act II, Scene 5 recitative and aria "Ove son? Chi m'aita? In mezzo all'ombre … Dal mio petto"; Steffani/Mauro: LA LIBERTÀ CONTENTA Act II, Scene 13 "Notte amica al cieco Dio"; Steffani/Terzago MARCO AURELIO Act III, Scene 15 "Non si parli che di fede"; Steffani/Mauro LA SUPERBIA D'ALESSANDRO Act III "Luci ingrate"; Steffani/Orlandi ALARICO IL BALTHA, CIOÈ L'AUDACE RE DE' GOTHI Act II, Scene 14 "Palpitanti sfere belle"; Steffani/Mauro LA LIBERTÀ CONTENTA Act II, Scene 11 "Foschi crepuscoli"

Facts

Prog. No.
7392
Music genre
Chamber Music
Length
60 mins
Director
Olivier Simonnet
Producers
A co-production of Idéale Audience & ARTE France
Production year
2012
Format
HD