Johann Christian Bach’s Zanaida , an opera in three acts. The story has a more or less happy ending, but it’s not a comedy; it’s a complicated plot involving multiple love triangles and the political machinations of powerful rulers and their tactics of intimidation, coercion, and threat of death.
Zanaida was one of two operas Bach composed and presented during his first 1762–63 season at London’s King’s Theatre, the other being Orione . While Zanaida was well received and ran for six performances, Orione enjoyed the greater popular success, and it may be for that reason that nothing but the overture—published as the Symphony in B?-Major, op. 9/3—eight arias issued in keyboard arrangements, and the libretto of Zanaida survived; or so it was believed until 2010, when the autograph manuscript was discovered in the library of a private U.S. collector, Elias Kulukundis, and made available to the Leipzig Bach Festival. One of Roselane’s arias remains lost and was replaced in this performance by the music to an aria from Bach’s uncompleted opera, La clemenza di Scipione , that was made to fit the words. (source: arkivmusic)
Zanaida Sara Hershkowitz soprano
Tamasse Marina De Liso mezzo-soprano
Mustafa Pierrick Boisseau baryton
Roselane Chantal Santon soprano
Cisseo Daphné Touchais soprano
Osira Vannina Santoni soprano
Silvera Julie Fioretti soprano
Aglatida Majdouline Zerari mezzo-soprano
Gianguir Jeffrey Thompson tenor
- Act I
- Act II
- Act II (continued)
- Act III
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