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Opera Settecento

Hasse: Demetrio

Venue: Cadogan Hall


Johann Adolph Hasse
Demetrio (Venice, 1732)


Ray Chenez
Erica Eloff
Michael Taylor
Rupert Charlesworth
Ciara Hendrick
Augusta Hebbert
Leo Duarte

“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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