Ezio (opera)


Ezio (opera)

Handel operas

"Ezio" ("Aetius") is an opera by George Frideric Handel. It was his last opera based on a libretto by Pietro Metastasio. Metastatio's story was partly inspired by Jean Racine's play "Britannicus". [Strohm, Reinhard, "Handel, Metastasio, Racine: The Case of "Ezio" (November 1977). "The Musical Times", 118 (1617): pp. 901-903.] The same libretto was also set by Nicola Porpora for an opera of the same name, first performed four years earlier.

The opera received its first performance at the King's Theatre, London on 15 January 1732. It received a total of only 5 performances before falling from the repertoire, in what turned out to be Handel's greatest operatic failure. It did not receive another performance in London until 1977, by the Handel Opera Society at Sadler's Wells Theatre. Winton Dean has stated that the failure of the opera related to the artistic incompatibility between the more "classical" nature of the libretto and the more "romantic" nature of the music. [Dean, Winton, "Music in London: "Ezio" (January 1978). "The Musical Times", 119 (1619): pp. 59-64.]

Handel's "Ezio" is considered one of the purest examples of opera seria with its absence of vocal ensembles.

Roles

ynopsis

The protagonist is the fifth-century AD Roman general Flavius Aetius (Ezio in Italian), returned from his victory over Attila.

elected recordings

VOX 1995: Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, D'Anna Fortunato, Julianne Baird, Jennifer Lane, Nathaniel Watson, Frederick Urrey, Raymond Pellerin, Johannes Somary

E-book

[http://mdz1.bib-bvb.de/~db/0001/bsb00016925/images/ Score] of "Ezio" (ed. Friedrich Chrysander, Leipzig 1880)

Notes

References

*citation|first=Winton|last=Dean|title=Handel's Operas, 1726-1741|publisher=Boydell Press|year=2006
id=ISBN 1843832682
The second of the two volume definitive reference on the operas of Handel

External links

Complete libretto (in Italian): http://www.haendel.it/composizioni/libretti/pdf/hwv_29.pdf


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