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Home » Italian Composers » Porpora

Nicolà Antonio Porpora

Articles

Nicolò Maccavino. L'Imeneo in Atene di Nicola Porpora: Venezia 1726. In Vivaldi, Passato e Futuro (Fondazione Giorgio Cini 2009). Part 1 (pdf). Part 2 (pdf).

Performances

Porpora. Polifemo. Rubén Dubrovsky, Bach Consort Wien. (Vienna, February 2013). Video of excerpts. Video of "Alto Giove", Franco Fagioli, countertenor.

Porpora. Polifemo. Bremen 2014. Aci: Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor. Jaroussky performs "Alto Giove" & "Senti il fato" in this video.

Porpora. La Morte d'Ercole. Ondřej Macek, Baroque Ensemble Hofmusici. Prague, 27 July 2009; 17 October 2009; Český Krumlov Baroque Art Festival, October 2009.

Porpora. Semiramide reconosciuta (1st version, Venice 1729). Stefano Montanari, Accademia Bizantina. Semiramide: Delphine Galou, contralto; Mirteo: Teodora Gheorghiu, soprano; Ircano: Juan Sáncho, tenor; Scitalce: Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano; Sibari: Mary-Ellen Nesi, mezzo-soprano; Tamiri: Maria Grazia Schiavo, soprano. Performed and broadcast from the 2011 Beaune Festival. MP3s briefly were available online. This is finest performance of a Porpora opera I've heard to date. A new score of the first version of Semiramide has been published by Edition Gran Tonante, inaugurating their Serie Porpora. A new edition of Porpora's Agrippina (Naples 1708) will follow in January 2012. Details.

Recordings

Porpora. Germanico in Germania. Decca (Recording June 2014). Brochure (pdf). Alessandro de Marchi, Accademia Montis Regalis. Germanico: Max Emanuel Cencic, countertenor; Arminio: Franco Fagioli, countertenor; Rosmonda: Julia Lezhneva, mezzo-soprano; Cecina: Vince Yi, countertenor; Segeste: Carlo Vincenzo Alemanno, tenor.
Porpora. Farinelli - Porpora Arias. Erato (1 CD, September 2013). Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor. Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra. Deluxe edition: US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Basic edition: US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Porpora. Aminta: Pastoral Cantatas. Pan Classics (1 CD, April 2013). Marina De Liso, soprano. Stefano Aresi, Stile Galante. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Porpora. Cantatas. Accord ACD 1832 (1 CD, January 2013). Artur Stefanowicz, countertenor. Dorota Cybulska-Amsler, Ensemble Club Europa. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Porpora. Cantatas for Soprano. Brilliant Classics 94311 (1 CD, November 2012). Laura Maria Martorana, soprano. Alberto Martini, I Virtuosi Italiani. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Porpora, Giuseppe de Majo, Pergolesi, Hasse, Leo, Handel. Dramma - Opera Arias. Sony (1 CD, August 2012). Simone Kermes, soprano. Isabella Longo, La Magnifica Comunità. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Porpora. Vespro per la Festività dell'assunta. Ambronay (1 CD, March 2012). Video. Martin Gester, Le Parlement de Musique, La Maîtrise de Bretagne. Marilia Vargas, soprano; Delphine Galou, contralto; Michiko Takahashi, soprano. Maîtrise de Bretagne. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Porpora. Cantatas - Nos. 7-12 of 12 cantatas to the Prince of Wales (London, 1735). Hyperion CDA 67894 (1 CD, September 2011). Details. Iestyn Davies, countertenor. Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Porpora. Passio - Duets for Lent. Pan Classics (1 CD, July 2011). Details. Stefano Aresi, Stile Galante. Emanuela Galli, soprano; Francesca Cassinari, soprano; Marina De Liso, contralto; Fulvio Bettini, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Porpora. Gli Orti Esperidi (Naples 1721). RCOC. Forthcoming. Details (pdf). Juan Bautista Otero, Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara (RCOC). Venere: Verónica Cangemi, soprano; Adonis: Sunhae Im, soprano; Marte: Anders J. Dahlin, tenor; Egle: Barbara Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano; Palemone: Robin Johannsen, soprano.
Durante, Leo, Porpora. A voi ritorno: Cantatas & Instrumental Works from 18th Century Naples. Fuga Libera FUG 570 (1 CD, June 2010). Giorgio Sasso, violin & director, Insieme Strumentale di Roma. Raffaella Milanesi, soprano. Leo: Cantata "Vado dal Piano al Monte"; Porpora: Cantata: "Il Ritiro". Concertos by Durante & Leo & a sinfonia by Leo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Steffani, Caldara, Vivaldi, Porpora, Mancini. Amor hai vinto - Cantatas. Gramola 98856 (1 CD, August 2009). Details. Concertino Amarilli. Marelize Gerber, soprano. Steffani, Spezza amor; Caldara, Sinfonia for Violoncello; Vivaldi, Amor hai vinto; Porpora, D'amore il primo dardo; Mancini, Quanto dolce è quell'ardore. US | UK | DE | CA | JP
Porpora, Vinci, Leo, Hasse, Pergolesi. Lava - Opera Arias from 18th Century Naples. dhm 88697541212 (1 CD, August 2009). Details / CD booklet (pdf)  / Video of "Manca solletica" from Leo's Demetrio. Claudio Osele, Le Musiche Nove. Simone Kermes, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Reissued on dhm 88697661232 (March, 2010) without the booklet: UK | FR | DE
Porpora. Arias. Atma ACD 22590 (1 CD, August 2009). Details / Video about making the recording. Karina Gauvin, soprano. Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Arias from Arianna, Adelaide, Ezio, Polifemo, Angelica & Imeneo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Assisi - Christmas Cantatas. Phoenix Edition 149 (1 CD, October 2008). Details. Christmas treasures from the library of the Sacro Convento in Assisi. Francesco Maria Benedetti (1683-1746), Cantata Morale per Il Santissimo Natale, Salve Regina; P. Zucari (c.1600), Salve Regina; G.B Po Del Finale, "Oh quam jubilat", Motetto per il Santissimo Natale; Porpora, "Stelle lucide". Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo. Ruth Ziesak, soprano; Reinhold Friedrich, trumpet. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Porpora. Or sì m'avveggio, oh Amore - Cantatas for soprano. Hyperion CDA 67621 (1 CD, September 2008). Details. Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano. Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Le Grazie Veneziane - Music from the Ospedali. Porpora, De profundis; Hasse, Laudate pueri; Galuppi, Dixit Dominus. Carus 83.264 (1 CD, August 2008). Details. Peter Kopp, Dresdner Instrumental-Concert, Vocal Concert Dresden. Emanuela Galli, soprano; Maria Grazia Schaivo, soprano; Josè Maria Lo Monaco, mezzo-soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Nicolà Porpora. Il Verbo in Carne. Harmonia Mundi Ibérica? (Forthcoming). Anton Steck, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla.
D. Scarlatti, Roseingrave, Porpora, Hasse, Arne, Veracini, Handel. Sopranos y castrati en el Londres de Farinelli. Música Antigua Aranjuez MAA 006 (1 CD, November 2007). La Tempestad. Olalla Alemán, soprano; Xavier Sabata, countertenor. FR | DE
Carestini - The Story of a Castrato. Naïve 00946 3 95242 2 8 (1 CD, October 2007). Details. Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor. Emmanuel Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée. Includes Porpora, "Tu che d'ardir m'accendi" from Siface. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Nicolà Porpora. Vêpres Vénitiennes. Ligia Digital LiDi 0202185-07 (1 CD, October 2007). Details. Includes Vivaldi, concerto RV108 for 2 violins & recorder and concerto RV410 for cello. Jean-Marc Andrieu, direction and recorder, Les Passions & Choeur Éclats. Isabelle Poulenard, soprano; Guillemette Laurens, mezzo-soprano; Étienne Mangot, cello. FR | DE
Porpora & Nicola Fiorenza (c.1700-1764). Notturni per i Defunti. Fuga Libera FUG 526 (1 CD, June 2007). Stefano Demicheli, La Stagione Armonica, Dolce & Tempesta. Monica Piccinini, soprano; Romina Basso, mezzo-soprano. The vocal notturni by Porpora on this disk reflect the modern style of Neapolitan composers born ~30 years later (e.g., Pergolesi) and could not be confused with arias from Porpora's operas and cantatas from the 1720s or Il Gedeone (1737). They are essentially sacred cantatas, comprised of arias (5 soprano, 4 alto), brief choruses, and accompanied recitative. In addition to fine singing in the Porpora works, this disk features exceptional string playing to the two "sinfonias" by Firenza. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Nicolà Porpora. Angelica (marketed as Orlando). Serenata, Naples 1720. K617 177 (2 CDs, November 2005, plus an unwanted DVD with video excerpts from modern stagings of Angelica (which wasn't staged in 1720) and the group's prior productions of Martín y Soler's Ifigenia in Aulide & cantatas by Mariana Martínez.) Juan Bautista Otero, Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara (original instruments). Details (en español). Orlando: Robert Expert, countertenor; Angelica: Betsabée Haas, soprano; Medoro: Olga Pitarch, soprano. Libretto by Metastasio & operatic debut of Farinelli as Tirsi. Heavily cut to fit on 2 CDs, with arias rearranged by the arrogant conductor who obviously thinks he knows better than Metastasio how to write a libretto. Three characters, including Tirsi, were eliminated from this corrupt production although it was staged in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Farinelli! Nevertheless, this is nicely performed and recorded and well worthwhile. Only Italian and French versions of the libretto are included, while much space is wasted on four-language versions of useless filler and stock photos. This is a textbook example of how not to package an opera recording. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Handel, Lotti, Albinoni, Porpora & Alessandro Scarlatti. Arias for Senesino. Decca 4756569 (1 CD, September 2005). Andreas Scholl, countertenor. Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Porpora. Leçons de Ténèbres. Arion ARN68690 (1 CD, August 2005). Details. Jérôme Correas, Les Paladins. UK | DE | FR | JP
Pergolesi & Porpora. Stabat Mater / Salve Regina. Eloquentia EL0505 (1 CD, June 2005). Details. Antonio Florio, La Cappella de'Turchini. Maria Grazia Schiavo, soprano; Stéphanie d'Oustrac, mezzo-soprano. FR | DE
Porpora, Fiorenza, Leo & Sabatino. Concerti Napoletani per Violoncello. Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT 050302 (1 CD, April 2005). Details. Gaetano Nasillo, cello. Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Vivaldi, Albinoni, Porta & possibly Porpora & Biffi. Andromeda liberata (1726). DG-Archiv 477 098-2 (2 CDs, October 2004). Details. A pasticcio serenata. Michael Talbot believes that Vivaldi's only contribution was the aria "Sovvente il sole". He "would assign Andromeda's arias to Porta, Meliso's arias, the choruses and the Sinfonia to Porpora (who may have used the tradition of his native city, Naples, in calling the hunting horns trombe), Daliso's arias to Biffi (with less certainty, however), Cassiope's arias, Perseo's other aria and perhaps Andromeda and Perseo's duet to Albinoni." Goldberg Magazine interview, page 2. Outstanding recording! Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra. La Stagione Armonica, Sergio Balestracci, director. Andromeda: Simone Kermes, soprano; Cassiope: Katerina Beranova, soprano; Melise: Anna Bonitatibus, contralto; Perseo: Max Emanuel Cencic, countertenor; Daliso: Mark Tucker, tenor. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Nicolà Porpora. Orphans and Virtuosos: Sacred Works. Salve Regina, Lamentazione II, and 2 sinfonias. SOMM CD 232 (1 CD 2003). Details. Michele Andalò, countertenor; Capella Teatina, Saverio Villa, director. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Nicolà Porpora. Messa a 4 voci e orchestra, Duetto II per la Passione di Gesù Cristo, Dixit per soli, coro e archi. Bongiovanni GB 2330-2 (1 CD 2002). Gianfranco Cosmi, Orchestra Città Lirica, Capella S. Cecilia della Cattredrale di Lucca. Gianluca Belfiori Doro, Anna Laura Longo, Leonardo de Lisi, Francesco Facini. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Nicolà Porpora. Violin Sonatas. MDG 620 1034-2 (1 CD 2001). Anton Steck, violin; Christian Rieger, pedal harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Nicolà Porpora. Ouverture Royale, Salve Regina, Magnificat, Laudate Pueri. Bongiovanni GB 2249-2 (1 CD 2000). Gianfranco Cosmi, Orchestra Città Lirica, Capella S. Cecilia della Cattredrale di Lucca. Susanna Rigacci, Marco Lazzara, Gregory Bonfatti. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Nicolà Porpora. Il Gedeone. cpo 999 615-2 (2 CDs 1999). Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie & Vokalensemble Nova. Gedeone: Kai Wessel, countertenor; Ioas: Ulf Bästlein, bass; Sichemi: Linda Perillo, soprano; Fara: Henning Voss, countertenor; Oreb: Jörg Waschinski, sopranist; Silve: Johannes Chum, tenor. This is a fine performance and recording of an oratorio that deserves more recognition than it has ever received. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Arias for Farinelli. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901778 (1 CD 2002). NewOlde.com Review. Vivica Genaux, mezzo-soprano, René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Arias by Hasse, Porpora, Giacomelli & Riccardo Broschi. One aria, Giacomelli's "Quell'usignolo che innamorato", was performed with the ornaments and cadenzas written out by Farinelli, and the others with ornamentation and cadenzas after Hiller (1778) (six ornamented arias) and Hiller (1780) (instructions for ornamented musical singing). There is also a brief concerto by Galuppi. The booklet includes interesting, original articles by Reinhard Strohm and René Jacobs. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Reissued in 2008. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Nicolà Porpora. Dorindo, Dormi Ancor. (Cantata per la Notte di Natale). Bongiovanni GB 2181/82-2 (2 CDs 1995). Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort. Angelo: Roberta Invernizzi; Dorindo: Rosita Frisani; Montano: Marco Lazzara. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Books

Kurt Markstrom. The Life and Works of Nicolà Porpora. Forthcoming.

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