Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi, better known by his pseudonym of Metastasio, was an Italian writer and poet who lived through most of the 18th century. In the early summer of 1730 Metastasio settled at Vienna, and over the next ten years produced his finest dramas including the work known as “Demofoonte”. By the year 1800 it had inspired at least 73 operas by amongst others Vivaldi, Gluck, Paisiello, and Galuppi. Although Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart never composed a complete “Demofoonte” opera, he did leave us six arias which sum up the key moments of the plot. On this WDR production, the missing story line between the arias is filled in by spoken text supplied by German author Sabine Radermacher based on Metastasios original drama. Instumental compositions by Mozart from the time between 1769 and 1778 provide a musical context for the operatic scenes.
Capella Coloniensis and soloists are here directed by Bruno Weill in an imaginitive WDR production that intersperses the six arias that Mozart wrote around the story of Demophoonte by Metastasio with spoken text, and other music written by the composer around the same time.
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