ALESSANDRO NELL’INDIE
Leonardo Vinci
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07
Sep 2022

ALESSANDRO NELL’INDIE

Leonardo Vinci

New Production | Dramma per musica | Martyna Pastuszka | {oh!} Orkiestra

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 | 16:00 h
Margravial Opera House Bayreuth

Dramma per musica in three acts by Leonardo Vinci
Text by Pietro Metastasio

World Premiere since 1740
with an all-male cast after the model of the first performance,

In Italian with German and English surtitles
Intervals after Act 1 and Act 2

The highlight of the third Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival 2022 will be the scenic and new production of Leonardo Vinci’s masterpiece Alessandro nell’Indie under the fantastically inventive stage direction of Max Emanuel Cencic. Pietro Metastasio was the most illustrious librettist of the eighteenth century – his libretto for Alessandro was set to music a total of nearly eighty times. Even Wilhelmine of Bayreuth published an opera based on Metastasio’s popular libretto in Erlangen in 1741. However, the first composer Metastasio himself chose to set his text to music was Leonardo Vinci, the eccentric star of the Neapolitan and Roman opera, who was found dead in Naples only a few months after the world premiere on 2 January 1730 – supposably poisoned by a rival in a love affair.

The plot of Alessandro nell’Indie also revolves around love affairs: Alexander the Great (Alessandro) loves the Indian queen Cleofide, who, however, has promised her heart to King Poro, who had been defeated by Alexander – an emotionally charged drama is spun out interwoven with love, intrigue, jealously and forgiveness. Since women were prohibited from the stage in the church-state, Vinci composed Alessandro nell’Indie exclusively for male singers. The premiere of Vinci’s penultimate opera marked up a huge success particularly for the star castrati Farfellino, in the role of Cleofide, and Giuseppe Appiani in the role of Poro’s sister Erissea. When the curtain goes up on 7 September in the Margravial Opera House Bayreuth, Vinci’s opera about Alexander the Great’s Indian campaign will be heard in its entirety for the first time for nearly three hundred years, faithful to its first performance with an all-male cast.

Our media partner Bayerischer Rundfunk will broadcast the performance on radio and as a video stream on 08.10.2022 from 19.05.

Martyna Pastuszka Conductor and violin

Max Emanuel Cencic Stage director
Domenico Franchi Set designer
Giuseppe Palella Costume designer
David Debrinay Lighting designer
Sumon Rudra Choreography

Franco Fagioli Poro
Bruno de Sá Cleofide
Jake Arditti Erissena
Maayan Licht Alessandro
Stefan Sbonnik Gandarte
Nicholas Tamagna Timagene

Actors

Nate Harter, Connor Powles

Dancers

Aggelos Antonakos, Vasilis Arvanitakis, Rafail Boumpoucheropoulos, Konstantinos Katsoudas, Alexandros Laskaratos, Evangelos Lyopirakis, Ioannis Mamolis, Spyros Ntogkas, Alexandros Tomadakis, Dimitrios Tsikouras

{oh!} Orkiestra Orchestra in Residence of the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival 2022
Chorus of the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival

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