Roma Travestita
Sep 2022


Roma Travestita

Francesco Corti | Il Pomo d’Oro

Friday, September 16, 2022 | 19:30 h
Margravial Opera House Bayreuth

1 break (30 min.) after Part 1 (duration approx. 40 min.) Total duration approx. 2h

The soprano voice of the Brazilian singer Bruno de Sá doesn’t only soar to astonishing heights but also avails of such flexibility and limberness that he can dance gaily through the most daredevil scores and, thanks to its profoundly expressive potential, lends emotional depth to every aria. His powerful and yet mellow voice paired with extraordinary intensity and musicality make Bruno de Sá into a unique phenomenon on the stages of our world.

In the programme Roma Travestita, the young singer focuses on Roman opera between the years 1720 and 1760. Since women at this time in the Papal States were prohibited from appearing in public as actresses or singers, nevertheless, audiences had no desire to be deprived of the enjoyment of operatic performances; castrati had to slip into the female costumes. In this guise many a castrato had the heads of their male public spinning. Montesquieu, for example, reports of his visit to Rome: “A young Englishman who thought one of these castrati to be a woman was inflamed with violent love for him and was left languishing in this fit of passion for more than a whole month.” Many of the pre-eminent composers of this time didn’t wish to miss the chance of writing “female” arias about love and jealousy, joy and pain for the throats of these adulated male singers. Together with the ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro under Francesco Corti, Bruna de Sá lends his radiant and poignant soprano voice to the stage heroines of Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Arena, and more.

Our media partner Bayerischer Rundfunk will broadcast this concert on the radio on 27.9.2022 at 8.05 pm.



Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725)

Sinfonia from Telemaco (1718)

„Dì che sogno, o che deliro“
Griselda’s aria from Griselda (1721)

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
„Senza l’amato ben“
Leocasta’s aria from Il Giustino (1724)

„Per noi soave e bella”
Arianna’s aria from Il Giustino (1724)

Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713)
Trio Sonata op. 3 No. 5 in D Minor

Grave. Andante – Allegro – Largo – Allegro

Giuseppe Arena (1713–1784)
„Del sen gl’ardori nessun mi vanti“
Deidamia’s aria from Achille in Sciro (1738)

Nicola Antonio Porpora (1686–1768)
„Vorresti a me sul ciglio“

Giuditta’s Aria from Carlo il Calvo (1738)




Gioacchino Cocchi (1712–1796)
„Timida pastorella“
Adelaide’s aria from Adelaide (1743)

Johann Adolph Hasse (1699–1783)
„Non mi chiamar crudele“
Sestia’s aria from Cajo Fabricio (1732)

Baldassare Galuppi (1706–1785)
Concerto a quattro No. 3 in D Major

Maestoso – Allegro – Andantino

Gaetano Latilla (1711–1788)
„Vanne barbaro alle selve“
Ersilia’s aria from Romolo (1739)

Antonio Vivaldi
Sinfonia from Il Giustino

Allegro – Andante – Allegro

Niccolò Piccinni (1728–1800)
„Furie di donna irata“
Marchesa Lucinda’s aria from La buona figliuola (1760)


Bruno de Sà Soprano
Francesco Corti Conductor
Il Pomo d’Oro

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