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Opera Settecento

Hasse: Demetrio

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Repertoire

Johann Adolph Hasse
Demetrio (Venice, 1732)

Performers

Ray Chenez
Olinto
Erica Eloff
Cleonice
Michael Taylor
Alcestes
Rupert Charlesworth
Fenicio
Ciara Hendrick
Barsene
Augusta Hebbert
Mithranes
Leo Duarte
conductor

“Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783) was arguably the most successful opera composer of the 18th century. Together with his favourite librettist, Pietro Metastasio, Hasse defined the genre of opera seria for an entire generation. The greatest of his more than 60 stage works were performed in all the major musical centres of Europe and dozens of his arias were the mainstay repertoire of the leading singers of the day. Celebrated above all for his melodic gift and the supreme elegance of his vocal writing, Hasse was held by the contemporary English music critic and historian Charles Burney to be ‘superior to all other lyric composers’.” (Dr Brian D. Stewart, Opera Today)

Libretto by Pietro Metastasio.

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