Théâtre des Champs Élysées
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Max Emanuel Cenčić  countertenor
Il Pomo d’Oro
Maxim Emelyanychev direction and harpsichord        

Stroll through the streets of Naples in the company of Viennese countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic in a new Baroque song programme


Neapolitan arias

Scarlatti Sinfonia VII in C Major
Porpora "Quel vasto quel fiero" aria from Polifemo
Vinci "Che sia la gelosia" aria from Catone in Utica
Hasse Adagio e fuga
Porpora « Torbido intorno al core », air extrait de Meride e Selinunte
Vinci "In questa mia tempesta" aria from Eraclea
Porpora Overture Royale
Scarlatti "Tutto apoggio il mio disegno" aria from Il Cambise
Leo « No, non vedete mai », aria from Siface
Auletta Cembalo concerto in D Major
Porpora « Agitata è l'alma mia »,aria from La Didone abbandonata
"Qual turbine che scende" aria from Germanico in Germania


Approximate running Time
1st part: 40 mn - Intermission: 20 mn - 2nd part: 45 mn

Countertenor Max Emanuel Cenčić is an eccentric figure on a par with his illustrious predecessor Farinelli, to whose major roles he has introduced us. For this new recital, he has opted to draw on the still relatively unfamiliar school of Neapolitan opera, a lavish and tumultuous period at the dawn of the 18th century when Naples produced a number of composers. They produced hit after hit, populated the courts of Saxony, Vienna, London and Venice, vying for success, stealing librettos, singers and patrons from each other, and changing the course of musical history forever.
From these rare manuscripts, Max Emanuel Cenčić revives excerpts from Poliphème, created by Porpora for the unpredictable Farinelli in the hope of outdoing Handel; Il Tigrane, one of the finest operas by Scarlatti, the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera; and Didon abandonnée, the first opera with a libretto by Metastasio, which reduced the whole of Naples to tears when it was originally performed.



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