The first major highlight of the 2018-19 season is ‘Serse’, one of Georg F. Handel’s most compelling dramatic creations. Maxim Emelyanychev conducts il pomo d’oro and a star-studded cast led by superstar counter-tenor Franco Fagioli across Europe in October and November 2018. The 3-CD album of the entire opera, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev, has been released on Deutsche Grammophon on the 2nd of November 2018, and it is the second collaboration of the orchestra with the historical yellow label.
Alessandro Stradella’s place in the annals of the history of music is not only due to the adventurous circumstances that marked his brief existence, but also to the reputation as a opera composer he has acquired since the 18th century. Inaccessible for many decades to specialists and scholars, La Doriclea is definitely the least known of all Stradella’s operas. However, it constitutes a particularly significant chapter in his overall output: composed in Rome during the early 1670s, to our knowledge La Doriclea represents the first opera entirely composed by Stradella.
From the dramatic point of view, La Doriclea belongs to the comedy of intrigue genre typical of the 17th century Spanish theatre tradition. Refined and amusing, it alternates touching lamentos with irresistibly comic scenes, in which the character of Giraldo, a veritable precursor of the basso buffo, allows us to glimpse Rossinian atmospheres.
Emőke Baráth (Doriclea) and Xavier Sabata (Fidalbo) alongside Giuseppina Bridelli (Lucinda) and Luca Cervoni (Celindo) and the comic couple of Delfina (Gabriella Martellacci) and Giraldo (Riccardo Novaro) bring a complex and fascinating role-playing game to life.
This world premiere release of La Doriclea is a major achievement for The Stradella Project, which here reaches its fifth volume.
‘Through his festival and recording project, Andrea De Carlo is raising the profile of this pioneering Italian composer’ - David Vickers – GRAMOPHONE