Opera seria in three acts by Johann Adolf Hasse to a libretto by Pietro Metastasio (see Artaserse above); Venice, Teatro S Giovanni Grisostomo, February, ARTASERSE principe, e poi re di Persia, amico d’Arbace ed amante di. Semira. MANDANE sorella d’Artaserse ed amante d’Arbace. ARTABANO prefetto delle. The libretto is by Metastasio and Artaserse is the Persian king Artaxerxes I, son of Xerxes I (Serse). He ruled from BC to BC. The story is, as so often in.

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He is said to have composed music as well but nothing of this has survived.

Vinci: Artaserse – Limelight

He ruled from BC to BC. The story is, as so often in baroque operas, rather complicated: Serse is against this love and banishes Arbace. When the two lovers secretly meet in lubretto castle garden Artabano appears, carrying a bloody sword. He admits to Arbace that he has killed Serse for his ill treatment of Arbace and also because he wants Arbace to become king. Then the two exchange swords. Artaserse orders Artabano to kill Dario.


Arbace is condemned to death but Artaserse doubts that he is guilty and releases him so he can get away. In the temple Artaserse swears that he will uphold libreto and order in his kingdom.

Artaserse (Vinci, Leonardo)

To affirm this he is about to drink from a sacred goblet, not knowing that Artabano has poisoned the drink. Before he has time to drink Megabise and his soldiers approach the castle. The attack is averted when Arbace kills Megabise.

Now Artaserse artaseres the goblet to Arbace so he can prove his innocence by drinking from it. In this situation Artabano, to save the life of his son, admits that he has poisoned the drink and also that he murdered Serse. Artabano is captured and lead away, but Artaserse, in love with Semira, condemns him, not to death but to exile. In the concluding chorus everybody hails Artaserse: Justice becomes beautiful when accompanied by mercy. Happy end to this bloody story! At this time women were not allowed kibretto appear on stage so all the roles, male as well as female, were lihretto by castrati.

This means that there are five counter-tenors and one tenor Artabano appearing on this recording.

Artaserse (Hasse)

Philippe Jaroussky has had a comet-like career and though still only 35 he has a recording career of more than thirteen years behind him.

He is a superb singer, brilliant, powerful, technically perfect and so beautiful of tone. Go to the opening of CD 2 and listen to the aria Artaserrse il caro amico tr. I was very enthusiastic about Franco Fagioli when I heard him as Giulio Cesare in Helsinki a year ago and artasese longed to hear him again.


His Arbace is tremendous with breathtaking virtuosity. The long aria that concludes act I, Vo solcando un mar crudele CD 1 tr. In Sogna il guerrier le schiere CD 1 tr.

The odd man out is Daniel Behle as Artabano. He then seemed ideal for such lyrical roles with fluent technique and ease of delivery. Since then I have heard him as a recording artist, not least as a superb Lieder singer. It seems that Behle is ready for the lirico-spinto repertoire.

Artaserse is brimful with lovely music, from overture to the invigorating concluding chorus. The more than three-hour-long work was over in almost no time and then it was tempting to play it all over again.

With excellent sound, splendid notes and a libretto in four languages to add to all the excellent singing and playing this is one librettk the best baroque opera recordings I have heard. Some items to consider Brahms Symphony 4 Dvorak Zrtaserse 9.

IL Carnevale di Venezia Clarinet with orchestra. Sinfonie Concertanti for arttaserse flutes and orchestra.

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