Agostino Steffani's Niobe From Germany's Broadcasting Hall

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Boston Early Music Festival's production of Steffani's 'Niobe' presented at Broadcasting Hall in Germany. The Boston Early Music Festival's production of Steffani's 'Niobe' presented at Broadcasting Hall in Germany. (André Costantini)

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Agostino Steffani's rarely heard gem Niobe is colorful jumble of devious politics, lively comedy and passionate romance, all tempered by the wrath of the gods. It's also one of the most accomplished operas of its time, employing a musical style that seems to bridge the artistic worlds of Monteverdi and Handel.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents the Boston Early Music Festival's "road show," presented at Broadcasting Hall in Bremen, Germany, in a performance led by Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs.

Cast:

Niobe: Karina Gauvin (soprano)
Anfione: Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)
Creonte: Terry Wey (countertenor)
Clearte: Aaron Sheehan (tenor)
Manto: Amanda Forsythe (soprano)  
Tiberino: Colin Balzer (tenor) 
Poliferno: Jesse Blumberg (baritone) 
Tiresias: Christian Immler (baritone)
Nerea: José Lemos (countertenor)

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs, directors

Comments [1]

JJ Smith from DC

Just heard this opera on the radio.

What is the dialect of these lyrics?

Aug. 16 2014 03:51 PM

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