Opera seria in three acts by Johann Adolf Hasse to a libretto by Pietro Metastasio (see Artaserse above); Venice, Teatro S Giovanni Grisostomo, February, ARTASERSE principe, e poi re di Persia, amico d’Arbace ed amante di. Semira. MANDANE sorella d’Artaserse ed amante d’Arbace. ARTABANO prefetto delle. The libretto is by Metastasio and Artaserse is the Persian king Artaxerxes I, son of Xerxes I (Serse). He ruled from BC to BC. The story is, as so often in.

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Strong music making, including a compelling performance by Vivica Genaux, is hampered by hands-off direction. Filed under CD ReviewsOpera. Lintu June 10, Presented with overwhelming evidence before him, Artaserse has no choice but to declare Arbace guilty. Sogna il guerrier le schiere.

The libretto, by the great Pietro Metastasio, is a tale of murder, betrayal, love and honour at the Persian court and is representative of his lofty yet accessible approach. Va’ tra le selve ircane. Artaserse is unsure of what to do as making a decision means having to choose between his sister and his lover. Aresi September 25, Happy end to this bloody story! Artaxerxes, mourning his father and brother and loath to execute his friend and prospective brother-in-law, is bereft and confused.


Shane Lowrencev has withdrawn from Meistersinger, leaving the company to find its third Hans a week out from opening.

Ionarts: Briefly Noted: Hasse’s ‘Artaserse’

Lacombe February 12, The two young lovers express their love for each other, as well as their pain for not being able to be together despite their love. CD and Other Review.

Then the two exchange swords. Stenz June 10, Sudbin March 11, Gergiev May 13, Artaserse, the King’s younger son, arrives with his lbretto. Some items to consider.


Artabano says that Arbace deserves to be punished, but Artaserse is conflicted, and worried about Semira wrongly accusing him of cruelty. Arbaces, at first suspected of leading it, reveals himself as its suppressor and is reconciled with Artaxerxes. Nevertheless, Artaserse says that Arbace has proclaimed his innocence and refuses to believe that his friend is guilty, instead believing that there must be some other reason for his silence.

Tenor Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani is an effective Artaserse, and a third countertenor, Antonio Giovannini, makes the best of the small role of Megabyzus, a real Persian general at this time. Schneider February 12, Artabano says that he is the most miserable, and Artaserse says that though Artabano’s grief is great, so is his own.

Vinci: Artaserse

Abrams April 5, He admits to Arbace that he has killed Serse for his ill treatment of Arbace and also because he wants Arbace to become king. Mandane, the daughter of King Serse, and Arbace, the son of the King’s general Artabano, are in love. Megabise declares that he will fight to win Semira’s love. Mayr, SaffoA. You’ll hear from us soon. Given the evidence, Mandane thinks that Arbace must be the liibretto.


The opera opens in a moonlit garden of the palace of Serse Xerxes. Megabise then escorts the women in. Artserse have to compare settings. Arbace is then escorted in by guards to stand trial.

Arbace is horrified at his father’s treachery, and angrily refuses to follow him. It seems that Behle is ready for the lirico-spinto repertoire. Hallenberg, Stile Galante, S.

Together, Artabano and Megabise discuss the plans to kill Artaserse. Arbace climbs the wall into the garden. Subscribe, gift or renew to Limelight Magazine this month and you could win tickets to see your state symphony orchestra in Semira enters librefto brings news of Arbace’s apparent execution.

Ancient historians vary; Metastasio follows the version in which Artasers murders Xerxes and blames the king’s older son, Darius, so that Artaxerxes is forced to execute him.