Powerplay and love from Europe's best countertenors.
The Italian baroque composer Leonardo Vinci was known for his attractive opera buffa arias in Neapolitan dialect, and – incidentally – is said to have died from poisoning by a jealous husband in the wake of an ill-advised affair.
The opera Catone in Utica also tells a dramatic love story. It was first performed in Rome in 1728, at a time when the pope had banned women from performing on stage. The female parts were played by the great castrato opera stars of the time.
The Bergen International Festival presents a concert version of Catone in Utica, performed by an all-male cast for the first time since Vinci's own era. The castrato parts are played by countertenors, including the celebrated singers Franco Fagioli and Max Emanuel Cencic. They are accompanied by one of today's most interesting early music ensembles, Il Pomo d'Oro, conducted by Riccardo Minasi.
Il Pomo d'Oro
Riccardo Minasi conductor, violin
Juan Sancho Catone
Franco Fagioli Cesare
Max Emanuel Cencic Arbace
Ray Chenez Marzia
Vince Yi Emilia
Martin Mitterrutzner Fulvio
LEONARDO VINCI (1680–1730)
Catone in Utica
Introductory talk (in Norwegian) by Gunnar Danbolt at 18:45.