The first ever performance in Frankfurt of L'Orontea

viernes, 23 de enero de 2015

L’Orontea, by Antonio Cesti (1623- 1669), was one of the most often performed operas in the 17th century. Composed as a comedy, the work was performed for the first time at carnival time in Innsbruck in 1656. The libretto was written by the dramatist Andrea Cicognini. Cesti, who after training as a singer, musician and composer embarked first if all upon a religious career, is still today known for his lyrical, emotional music language. A new edition by Alvaro Torrente has been created for the first production of the work in Frankfurt.

The Egyptian Queen Orontea refuses to entertain the thought of marriage. Although she has renounced love, she finds herself rather taken with the young painter Alidoro when he arrives at court. And it is not just the Queen, her ladies - in - waiting Silandra and Giacinta also have their eye on the mysterious new arrival. There is some confusion and an unexpected turn of events before Orontea can make the chosen one her husband.

The production is led by one of the most sought after conductors in the world, ma king his debut in the house: Ivor Bolton has been Chief Conductor of the Mozarteum Orchester in Salzburg since 2004 and takes up the post of General Music Director of the Teatro Real in Madrid in the summer of 2015.

The young British director Walter Sutcli ffe is back in Frankfurt, where he directed Aribert Reimann's Die Gespenstersonate / The Ghost Sonata (2013/14) and Britten's Owen Wingrave (2009/10) in the Bockenheimer Depot. This production is being revived in the Opera House, opening on January 10th 20 15, and has recently been performed in Toulouse.

The title role in L‘Orontea is sung by the Irish mezzo - soprano Paula Murrihy from Oper Frankfurt's Ensemble. She is just back from Los Angeles, where she enjoyed great success singing Dido in Oper Frankfurt' s production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

Led by Simon Bailey (Gelone) and Louise Alder (Silandra) six of the other roles are being sung by Members of Oper Frankfurt's Ensemble. Guest artists: the Catalan countertenor Xavier Sabata (house debut as Alidoro ) works regularly with „Les Arts Florissants“ and other leading baroque orchestras. Guy de Mey (house debut as Aristea) comes from Belgium. Recent roles have included the Nymph Linfea in Cavalli's La Calisto in Munich and London. The German countertenor Matthias Rexroth is under contract to the Semperoper in Dresden and is a regular guest in Frankfurt, singing mainly Handel roles, most recently in Giulio Cesare in Egitto and Teseo (Bockenheimer Depot) in 2013. Maren Favela (who replaces Juanita Lascarro as Tibrino and Amore on March 7th) was a Member of Oper Frankfurt's Opera Studio until 2013.

Premiere / First ever performance in Frankfurt: Sunday February 1st 2015, at 18.00hrs in the Opera House  Further performances: February 6th, 8th, 14th, 20th, 22nd ( 15.30hrs; with free child minding for those  aged between 3 and 9 ), March 7th, 13th 2015  Unless otherwise stated, all performances begin at 18.30pm.

Tickets cost: € 15 to € 165 (with a 12.5% pre - booking fee when not purchased direct from the theatre)  Tickets can be obtained from the usual outlets, by telephone 49 (0)69 – 212 49 49 4 or online.

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