Vinci : Artaserse
The creation of this Vinci opera in 2012 was a true event; it is a last shown in the Paris region, in a setting which magnificently sets it off: the Versailles Royal Opera.
One of the main works of an almost forgotten composer, Leonardo Vinci, Ataserse is a real discovery in the baroque opera repertoire. This last work by Vinci was also his most famous, and his greatest success. The opera was created on 4 February 1730 at the Teatro delle Dame in Rome. All roles were then sung by men. As a ruling by the pope forbade women to perform on stage until 1798, all women’s parts were composed for and interpreted by castrati.
Parnassus ARTS Productions pays a tribute to this tradition: in this new production of Ataserse, all feminine roles will be held by counter-tenors.
Inspired by King Ataserse the First, Metastatio’s libretto was often put to music during the eighteenth century, notably by Hasse, Jean-Chrétien Bach, Galuppi and Scarlatti, to name only the most famous.
In this masterful version of Ataserse, the distribution is only made up of men, as at the time of castrati, all dressed up in magnificent costumes as in the baroque period.
Leonardo Vinci (1690-1730)
Dramma per musica in three acts
Libretto by Pietro Metastasio
Created in Rome on 4 February 1730
Corealisation Opéra National de Lorraine and Parnassus ARTS Productions.
Production Opéra national de Lorraine, Nancy