Magazine article Opera Canada

L'olympiade: The Opera

Magazine article Opera Canada

L'olympiade: The Opera

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Naive: V5295

The pasticcio was a common and popular form in. the 18th century, being an opera or other musical work compiled from material composed by a number of composers. A modern-day example is the Metropolitan Opera's The Enchanted Island, which premiered last season. It consisted of popular numbers by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Campra and others, all set in the context of a new storyline.

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Just in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the Naive label has conceived another modernday pasticcio, this one based on Pietro Metastasio's libretto, L'Olimpiade (The Olympic Games). This was one of the most popular libretti of its day and was set by numerous composers between 1733 (when it was first used by Antonio Caldara) and the end of the century. This latest Naive creation uses the complete Metastasio libretto except for the secco recitatives. Da capo arias by 16 different composers were chosen to fashion the new work. Some of these composers are familiar names, but many are not. So along with Luigi Cherubini, Domenico Citnarosa, Giovanni Pergolesi and Antonio Vivaldi, one here encounters such less-well-known figures as Florian Gassmann, Josef MysliveCek, Davide Perez and Giuseppe Sarti. …

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