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Opera Settecento

Adriano in Siria, Naples, 1734


Adriano in Siria (UK premiere)


Cast to include: Erica Eloff, Gyula Rab, Augusta Hebbert, Maria Ostroukhova, Michael Taylor, Cenk Karaferya

The UK premiere of Pergolesi’s 1734 Naples opera, Adriano in Siria, with a libretto by Pietro Metastasio.

Anyone familiar with Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater will appreciate the numerous melodic arias in this opera, one of only two opera seria that the composer wrote in his short life – he is more famous for his comic operas.

‘There’s some absolutely first-rate music here, both high- and low-brow, and cutting edge for the 1730s in its daring simplicity and directness. Act II of the opera in particular contains an almost unbroken succession of chart-topping arias, many of which remained popular for years after Pergolesi’s death.’ (Simon Heighes)

‘The music is… surprising and fascinating. Even though Pergolesi tended to stick to much the same structure for his arias, in which the characters ruminate about their various inner turmoils, the musical invention is never in doubt.’ (Alan Titherington)

NB. Please note start time.

Concert Duration:
appeox. 3 hours including 2 intervals
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