She continues with Amenaide's dramatic dungeon scene from Tancredi, a role she performed in a concert version of the work in Moscow, followed by "Bel raggio lusinghier" from Semiramide, one of Rossini's most important opera seria
What we saw was a screwball romantic comedy disguised as an opera seria
The music of this opera seria
is charming and recognizably Rossini, although the story is quite complex.
Yet her title masks the true scope of her book: she does not limit herself to Handel, or even to opera seria
Probably due to the conservative tastes of Salzburg, Widl structured the libretto as a traditional opera seria
using five characters: Zephyrus, Hyacinthus, Apollo, Melia (sister of Hyacinthus), and Oebalus (father of Hyacinthus and Melia).
The latter quality was inextricably linked with opera seria
and no more so than in the celebrated libretti of Pietro Metastasio, which were set time and time again by composers throughout the Italian peninsula and wherever the Italian style reigned supreme.
FOR YEARS now political parties have excelled in only one operatic style, notably opera buffa, but last year DISY switched to opera seria
, and this year to German Singspiel.
presents Diva/Divo: A Night at the Opera at the Lantern Theatre this Thursday.
As a result, the average contemporary operagoer is likely to have actually seen only three of the many operas discussed here: L'incoronazione di Poppea, Handel's Giulio Cesare, and Mozart's setting of an adapted version of Metastasio's highly popular La clemenza di Tito, as the opera seria
to celebrate the coronation of Leopold II as king of Bohemia in 1791.
Her music is melancholic, and could easily be at home in opera seria
, however, the Puerto Rico-born singer Gabriela Garcia chose to play the role as a sultry 1950s "La Dolce Vita.
They vary from a lucid explanation of the work to the genre of the opera seria
that it is a part of.
This criticism is additionally strengthened by the choice of operatic genre: opera buffa as opposed to opera seria
, which was so essential in the development of modern poetry.