Hasse, J A: Didone Abbandonata

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Hasse, J A: Didone Abbandonata



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28th Jan 2013




2 hours 42 minutes


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Hasse, J A: Didone Abbandonata

Theresa Holzhauser (Didone), Flavio Ferri-Benedetti (Enea), Valer Barna-Sabadus (Iarba), Magdalena Hinterdobler (Selene), Maria Celeng (Araspe) & Andreas Burkhart (Osmida)

Hofkapelle München, Michael Hofstetter

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One of the outstanding composers of his day, Johann Adolph Hasse was seen as possessing “the same qualities of true genius, taste and judgment” as his librettist Pietro Metastasio. Didone abbandonata represents the once hugely popular 18th century genre of opera seria, exploring the same tragic story as Purcell’s earlier Dido and Aeneas while expanding the heroine’s conflicts between regal duties, love, and helplessness in the face of desertion.

Johann Adolf Hasse: Didone abbandonata


Act I Scene 1: No principessa (Enea, Selene, Osmida) - Scene 2: Che a te non pensi (Didone, Enea) - Scene 3: Parte cosi (Didone, Selene, Osmida)

Act I Scene 3: Aria: Diro che fida sei (Selene) - Scene 4: Didone, il re de' Mori (Iarba, Araspe, Osmida, Didone)

Act I Scene 5: Aria: Son regina e sono amante (Didone) - Scene 5: Araspe, alla vendetta (Iarba, Osmida, Araspe)

Act I Scene 5: Aria: Tu mi scorgi al gran disegno (Osmida) - Scene 6: Gia tel dissi, o Selene (Selene, Enea) - Scene 7: Stranier, dimmi; chi sei? (Iarba, Araspe, Enea, Selene)

Act I Scene 7: Aria: Quando saprai chi sono si fiero non sarai (Enea) - Scene 8: Non partira se pria… (Iarba, Selene) - Scene 9: Non e piu tempo (Iarba, Araspe, Osmida) - Scene 10: Ecco il rival (Iarba, Araspe, Enea) - Scene 11: Siam traditi, o regina (Osmida, Didone, Araspe, Iarba, Enea)

Act I Scene 11: Aria: Tu mi disarmi il fianco (Iarba) - Scene 12: Enea, salvo gia sei dalla crudel ferita (Didone, Enea)

Act I Scene 12: Aria: Non ha ragione, ingrato, un core abbandonato da chi giuro gli fe? (Didone)

Act I Scene 13: Accompanied Recitative and Aria: A le mie amorose folie… Se resto sul lido (Enea)

Act II Scene 1: Indegno, t'offerisci al mio sdegno e non paventi! (Iarba, Araspe) - Scene 2: Chi sciolse (Selene, Araspe, Iarba)

Act II Scene 2: Aria: Leon, ch'errando vada (Iarba) - Scene 3: Ah contro Enea v'e qualche frode ordita (Selene, Araspe)

Act II Scene 3: Aria: Ogni amator suppone (Selene) - Scene 4: Tu dici ch'io non speri (Araspe)

Act II Scene 4: Aria: L'augeletto in lacci stretto perche mai cantar si ascolta? (Araspe) - Scene 5: Gia so che si nasconde… (Didone, Osmida, Selene) - Scene 6: Come! Ancor non partisti? (Didone, Enea)

Act II Scene 6: Aria: Ah! Non lasciarmi, no (Didone)

Act II Scene 7: Fra il dovere e l'affetto (Enea, Araspe) - Scene 8: Risparmia al tuo gran core (Iarba, Enea)

Act II Scene 8: Aria: Vedi nel mio perdono, perfido traditor (Enea) - Scene 9: Tanto ardir nella reggia? (Selene, Enea, Araspe)

Act II Scene 9: Aria: Tacero, se tu lo brami (Araspe) - Scene 10: Ah generoso Enea (Selene, Enea)

Act II Scene 10: Aria: Veggio la sponda, sospiro il lido (Selene) - Scene 11: Ad ascoltar di nuovo i rimpoveri tuoi vengo (Enea, Didone) - Scene 12: Didone, a che mi chiedi? (Iarba, Didone, Enea) - Scene 13: Senti. - Lascia che parta (Didone, Iarba)

Act II Scene 13: Aria: Chiamami pur cosi (Iarba) - Scene 14: E pure in mezzo all'ire (Didone)

Act II Scene 14: Aria: Va lusingando amore il credulo mio core (Didone)

Act III Scene 1: Gia di Iarba in difesa (Osmida, Araspe) - Scene 2: Non son contento (Iarba, Osmida, Araspe)

Act III Scene 2: Aria: Quando l'onda che nasce dal monte (Osmida) - Scene 3: Addio Selene (Enea, Selene)

Act III Scene 3: Aria: A trionfar mi chiama un bel desio d'onore (Enea) - Scene 4: O dio, germana! (Selene, Didone) - Scene 5: Araspe in queste soglie! (Didone, Araspe)

Act III Scene 5: Aria: Gia si desta la tempesta (Araspe) - Scene 6: Fuggi, o regina (Selene, Didone)

Act III Scene 6: Aria: Ombra Cara, ombra tradita (Didone) - Scene 7: Fermati (Iarba, Didone)

Act III Scene 7: Aria: Cadra fra poco in cenere il suo nascente impero (Iarba) - Scene 8: Numi, onde l'ira in sen tutta mi piomba (Didone, Selene, Araspe) - Final Scene: Ah che dissi, infelice! (Didone)

The Guardian

21st February 2013


“Iarbas gets the best aria in the entire opera...and Barna-Sabadus delivers it with ravishing control and finely honed technique; it's a real gem that marks the Romanian out as a name to watch...at Naxos's bargain price this is a rarity that's well worth investigating.”

International Record Review

May 2013

“[Holzhauser] has a strong upper register, her tone is smoothly projected and she phrases eloquently...The silken quality of Barna-Sabadus's voice helps him to ripple through long-breathed roulades...the singing is exquisite...Hofstetter brings all the elements of the work together with admirable results.”

MusicWeb International

9th July 2013

“The orchestral playing of the Hofkapelle München is lively and colourful, allowing the range of Hasse’s orchestration to make its mark.The vocal parts are dominated by high voices... It says much for the performances of the major roles that distinctive personalities are conveyed, and both Theresa Holzhauser as Dido and the counter-tenor Flavio Ferri-Benedetto as Aeneas emerge with great credit”

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