Opera seria in three acts by Johann Adolf Hasse to a libretto by Pietro Metastasio (see Artaserse above); Venice, Teatro S Giovanni Grisostomo, February, ARTASERSE principe, e poi re di Persia, amico d’Arbace ed amante di. Semira. MANDANE sorella d’Artaserse ed amante d’Arbace. ARTABANO prefetto delle. The libretto is by Metastasio and Artaserse is the Persian king Artaxerxes I, son of Xerxes I (Serse). He ruled from BC to BC. The story is, as so often in.

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Megabise enters and notices Artabano’s hesitation. Arbace is then escorted in by guards to stand trial. Artabano reveals his plans to kill the whole royal family and make Arbace king.

The more than three-hour-long work was over in almost no time and then it was tempting to play it all over again. Artaserse and Mandane also realise that they had just put an innocent man to death. Meyerson May 27, J.

Artaserse (Hasse)

Sign Up to our newsletter. Melartin, Traumgesicht inter aliaS. Tenor Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani is an effective Artaserse, and a third countertenor, Antonio Giovannini, makes the best of the small role of Megabyzus, a real Persian general at this time. Artaserse, out of his love for Semira and his gratitude to Arbace, agrees to spare Artabano’s life and condemn him to eternal attaserse instead.

Nagano March 4, Available online January 1, and in print from January 7, As the main character, Arbaces gets to sing not only the most arias but also the most elaborate ones. Huber March 11, For that reason as well as its lower price, the DVD version of this performance not reviewed may be the better deal. It premiered during the carnival season on 4 February at the Teatro delle Dame in Rome. Valer Barna-Sabadus as his sister Semira tempers his tone well to add verisimilitude to his feminine portrayal, while Yuriy Mynenko is characterful as the conspiring General Megabise.


In a roundtable chat, mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux and artists of Pinchgut discuss the weight of history in the Australian premiere of Hasse’s opera.

Artaserse (Vinci, Leonardo)

Finley, Helsinki Philharmonic, J. Artaxerxes, mourning his father and brother and loath to execute his friend and prospective brother-in-law, is bereft and confused. Filed under CD ReviewsOpera. Dover,p. Gaigg January 8, The rest of the opera’s story is an invented pairing of love interests, with Artaserse enamored of Semira, the sister of his best friend, Arbace, and Arbace in love with Artaserse’s sister, Mandane.

The finest we have had in years. Gaigg January 8, J. Semira declares that Megabise can have her body, but can never win her heart. Artaserse is unsure of what to do as making a decision means having to choose between his sister and his lover. Megabise enters and Artaserse confides his sadness and anger at the recent events to Megabise.

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In this situation Artabano, to save the life of his son, admits that he has poisoned the drink and also that he murdered Serse. In the lirbetto act, Artabanus proposes to Arbaces a plan not only to escape but to usurp the throne; but Arbaces, the paragon of honor, refuses to cooperate, leaving his father at once enraged at his disobedience and awed by his probity.

It also typifies the music that the great castratos sang. He is said to have composed music as well but nothing of this has survived. Mandane arrives and brings news that Megabise and his fellow rebels had reached the palace entrance, but Arbace was alive and had artaserss killed the traitor, thus saving Artaserse.


aratserse Davis,p. Suzuki November 13, libretho He underwent the surgical alteration that preserved his treble voice at the age of twelve, in the wake of the sudden death of his father, who was maestro di cappella of the cathedral of his hometown, Andria.

Troubled Matthew Passion, Saved This means that there are five counter-tenors and one tenor Artabano appearing on this recording. Rovaris February 26, Effie Graydirected by Richard Laxton, E. We have to compare settings.

Artaserse (Vinci, Leonardo) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Megabise consoles Artaserse and says that killing Dario was necessary as a form of self-defense. It is most static, in fact, precisely when the voice part is the most florid, leaving no doubt about who is carrying the musical ball.

Manze November 13, G. Artabano plans to sneak Arbace out, but Arbace refuses.

In the prison, Arbace continues to lament his llibretto fate. Amalo e se al tuo sguardo. Arbaces, at first suspected of leading it, reveals himself as its suppressor and is reconciled with Artaxerxes. Please login to read this article. Non ti son padre. Hoitenga, Da Camera of Houston November 13, University of Chicago Press, Artaxerxes, still trusting Artabanus, bids him resolve the matter.

Non temer ch’io mai ti dica.