Franco Fagioli Countertenor
Daniel Bard Violin and conductor
Mozart and Castrati: Lasciate mi cantare!
If Mozart's passion for women’s voices is obvious, one should not forget that his first great lyrical virtuoso arias were intended for castrati! During the tour of Europe he began with his father, Mozart was asked to compose his first operas for the Italian stages where castrati triumphed in the role of Primo Uomo of opera seria. In Mitridate Re di Ponto, premiered in Milan in 1770 by the 14-year-old composer, three of the performers were castrati! This was followed by Lucio Silla (Milan, 1772), La Finta Giardiniera (Munich, 1775), and even (in parallel with the composition of The Magic Flute), La Clemenza di Tito (Prague, 1791): in these Italian seria compositions, Mozart obviously gave the lead role to the stars of the concert venues for which he composed, or used their presence to spice up the work. And it was the castrato Venanzio Rauzzini who created the splendid Exsultate Jubilate, of which he was the dedicatee, in Milan in 1773! The remarkable Franco Fagioli has dedicated his resplendent timbre to this repertoire which built Mozart's first great successes, and for which he wrote the virtuoso arias of his maturity. Charisma, exacerbated feeling, valour and vocal virility are the order of the day!
Franco Fagioli: Mozart
Mozart and Castrati
Arias by Lucio Silla, la Finta Giardiniera, la Clemenza di Tito, Exsultate Jubilate.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Aria by Ramiro « Se l'augellin sen fugge » (La Finta Giardiniera)
Recitative and aria by Cecilio « Dunque sperar poss`io.....Il tenero momento » (Lucia Silla)
Aria by Sesto « Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio » (La Clémence de Titus)
Aria by Sesto « Deh, per questo istante » (La Clémence de Titus)
Motet for soprano, orchestra and organ Exsultate Jubilate
Joseph Martin Kraus (1756 – 1792)
Ouverture de Olympie (tragedy from Voltaire)
Symphonie en do majeur « violon obligato » (Andante)
Ouverture de Proserpin
Symphonie en fa
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