It is rare that a recording of an opera composed in any era in the genre’s history can boast of a cast with no weak links, but Fra Bernardo’s world-première recording of Francesco Maria Veracini’s Adriano in Siria can do just that. The cast of singers for whom the composer created the six rôles in his opera brought together on the stage of the Haymarket a sextet of the most celebrated singers of the Eighteenth Century: the Twenty-First-Century equivalent electrified the storied environs of Vienna’s Konzerthaus with a magnificent performance of Adriano in Siria. The singing preserved on this recording warrants many words of praise, but the two words that are ultimately the most precious are those that this performance inspires for Veracini and Adriano in Siria—welcome back. (Joseph Newsome – Voix des Arts)


Francesco Maria Veracini  (1690 – 1768)

Adriano in Siria
Dramma per musica in tre atti
Libretto by Angelo Corri (? – after 1741) after Pietro Metastasio (1698 – 1782)

Adriano   Sonia Prina   alto
Farnaspe   Ann Hallenberg   mezzosoprano
Emirena   Roberta Invernizzi   soprano
Sabina   Romina Basso   mezzosoprano
Idalma   Lucia Cirillo   mezzosoprano
Osroa   Ugo Guagliardo   bass

Europa Galante
Fabio Biondi   violin & conductor

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EAN code 4260307434915

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