Johann Adolph HASSE
IL RE PASTORE
Drama per musica (Warsaw 1762)
Opera production for 2023
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Alessandro , King of Macedonia.
Altus (g di passaggio) Altus clef, 2 arias
1755 Pasquale Bruscolini
High countertenor (up to g and a di passagio) or mezzo-soprano, soprano clef, 4 arias, 1 duet, 1 quartet
1755- Angelo Maria Monticelli
Soprano, soprano clef, 3 arias, 1 duet, 1 quartet
Soprano (lyric up to C), soprano clef, 3 arias, 1 quartet
1755- Catarina Pilaja
Agenore , Sidon nobleman, friend of Alexander, lover of Tamiris
High soprano (up to C) soprano (possibly high tenor?)
Soprano clef, 3 arias, 1 quartet
1755- Giuseppe Belli
Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783), il "divino Sassone" (the divine Saxon), as he was called in his time in Italy, was particularly successful in the Baroque period. Numerous operas by the composer were premiered all over Europe, in Vienna, in Naples, in Venice and above all in Dresden by Augustus the Strong and his son August III, King of Poland. With our project "GIOVE IN ARGO" by Antonio Lotti we were able to learn something about the art- patronage of this ruler. He loved the culture, the architecture and above all the musical theater. Johann Adolph Hasse was his favorite composer and his court composer.
On the other hand, Antonio Bioni's "ISSIPILE" experience brought us into contact with another very important artist in European history: Pietro Metastasio , the famous librettist. The preference for the Greco-Roman theme, but above all the extraordinary beauty of the dramaturgy and the language, definitely based on classical models, is, in our opinion, partly responsible for the outbreak of the classics that soon emerged from the baroque era in Europe. Metastasio was "best friend" with Hasse.
So our next opera project will combine these two elements from earlier productions: The Polish-Saxon cultural heritage August III with Hasse's music and the classical Metastasio's texts.
IL RE PASTORE is a libretto better known because of the Mozart-opera . This important representative of Viennese classical music wrote the opera in 1775 (21 years old). Before him, however, Johann Richter from Dresden wrote his only opera on this libretto in 1750, Giuseppe Bono (Vienna, 1751), Hasse (1755) and Gluck (1757). Hasse's "Il re pastore" was premiered in the Hubertusburg Palace (October 7, 1755), Seat of August III. in his private theater. Many of Hasse's operas premiered there. But August III. also lived in Warsaw. The 2nd version of the opera was performed again in Warsaw in 1762. The two versions are bit different.
The theme of the opera is based on Greek mythology and history: it is about a ruler in Sidon (today in Lebanon) in the times of Alexander the Great, who was initially a shepherd, and one day he will be offered to become king on condition that he will give up his love : but he disagrees. In this way he proves that he is mature to be a real and good ruler!
This material is currently in the SLUB (Saxon State and University Library) and is being transcribed into modern script with the help of the musicologist François Hou (https://ilsassone.wordpress.com).
At the same time we are looking for places to rehearse the project and carry out the world premiere. The aim is of course two performances: one in the Royal Theater in the Museum Łazienki in Warsaw and then also in Saxony ( Hubertusburg Castle ), where we would like to experiment with new concepts for a "concerante" performance.
By June 2022: contacts to venues, partnerships, funding.
July 2022: Completion of an edition of the score.
July 2022. Invitation to auditions for young singers and musicians for the Lausitz Baroque Ensemble. Tender for a direction concept.
September 2022. Audition
October 2022-December 2022. Musical work with singers and musicians.
2023: Rehearsals and premieres, further performances.
Sound recording. Filming. Documentation.