Promoting Historically-Inspired Performances of Early Music and Baroque Opera
Muzio Scevola (1721)
Act I: Filipo Amadei
|Handel. Muzio Scevola - Act 3. (HWV 13, London 1721). Newport Classics NPD 85540 (2 CDs 1992). Rudolf Palmer, Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra. Muzio Scevola: D'Anna Fortunato, contralto; Clelia: Julianne Baird, soprano; Orazio: Erie Mills, soprano; Fidalma: Andrea Matthews, soprano; Irene: Jennifer Lane, contralto; Tarquinio: Frederick Urrey, tenor; Porsenna: John Ostendorf, bass. Includes excerpts from Bononcini's Act 2 and his earlier setting. Great one-act opera, but unfortunate that Vox/Newport got to it first. A typically dismal performance, and the booklet is slightly too large for the jewel box, causing it to warp. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP|
Giovanni Bononcini. Muzio Scevola (Venice 1710). Libretto by Silvio Stampiglia. Strohm wrote: "Rolli's libretto seems to be partly indebted to Stampiglia, although none of Bononcini's 1710 music appeared in his London setting of the second act." (p. 45).
Muzio Scevola: Senesino, alto castrato; Clelia: Margherita Durastanti, soprano; Orazio: Matteo Berselli, soprano castrato; Fidalma: Maddelena Salvai, soprano; Irene: Anastasia Robinson, contralto; Tarquinio: Caterina Galerati, soprano; Porsenna: Giuseppe Maria Boschi, bass.
Winton Dean & J. Merrill Knapp. Handel's Operas, 1704-1726. (Oxford University Press 1995 (1987)).
R. Strohm, "Handel and his Italian opera texts." Essays on Handel and the Italian Opera. (Oxford University Press 1985).