Caldara: La concordia de’ pianeti
Concertgebouw, 28 April 2018
Carestini, who created the part of Apollo. Detail from The Toilette (1734) by William Hogarth.
One trusts the banquet following the world premiere of La concordia de’ pianeti proffered some spicy flavors, because Pietro Pariati’s text is so cloying it causes violent stomach-churning. In contrast, Antonio Caldara’s music sparkles and dances like a blaze of crystal chandeliers.
Full review on Opera Today.
Landi: La morte d’Orfeo
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, 23 March 2018
Apollo and Orpheus, 17th Century, Anonymous, (Metropolitan Museum of Art via Wikimedia Commons)
In the operas of Monteverdi and Gluck, Orpheus, poet and musician, is a tragic hero. He loses his wife Eurydice twice, first when she dies on earth, and again on their way out of Hades, where he descends to revive her. In Stefano Landi’s La morte d’Orfeo (ca 1619), he is a less sympathetic, but more interesting figure.
Full review on Bachtrack.