Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival
Il Divino Sassone
Sep 2020


Il Divino Sassone

lautten compagney | Wolfgang Katschner

Saturday, September 12, 2020 | 19:30 h
Markgräfliches Opernhaus Bayreuth

American diva Vivica Genaux and the lautten compagney under the direction of Wolfgang Katschner are experts in the virtuoso Hasse style, which thrives on nuances, embellishments and variations. Genaux has made an intensive study of Farinell’s vocal art, to which the young Hasse owed his first successes, and which then enabled the German-Italian composer to tailor some of his most important operas to suit his performers’ vocal cords. For Bayreuth Baroque, Genaux and Katschner have compiled a representative cross-section of Hasse’s vocal work.

Vivica Genaux – Mezzo-Soprano
lautten compagney
Wolfgang Katschner – Theorbo, Musical Direction

Arias and ouvertres from operas by Johann Adolf Hasse

Come nave in mezzo all’onde | Aria of Siface from Viriate (1739)
Se d’un amor tiranno | Aria of Mandane from Artaserse (1730)
Risponderti vorrei | Aria of Achille from Achille in Sciro (1759)
Di quell’ acciaro al lampo | Aria of Selimo from Solimano (1753)
Piange quel fonte | Aria of Egeria from Numa Pompilio (1741)
Padre ingiusto, sposo ingrato | Aria of Sestia from Cajo Fabricio (1732)
Sì, di ferri mi cingete | Aria of Irene from Irene (1738)

Ouvertures from Siroe (1733 and1763)


YouTube – Johann Adolf Hasse: Son qual colomba from Cleofide

The Composer

Johann Adolf Hasse, born in Bergedorf near Hamburg in 1699, studied with Porpora between 1722 and 1725 and with the elder Scarlatti in Naples, and rose to become one of the most successful opera composers of his generation. Apart from pieces by his court composer, Carl Heinrich Graun, for 30 years King Frederick II programmed almost exclusively Hasse operas at his new Unter den Linden opera house. The composer, who had been court composer in Dresden since 1733, also left his mark on the repertoire favoured by Frederick’s sister, the Margravine of Bayreuth. Wilhelmine commissioned various operas from Hasse to celebrate weddings and birthdays in Bayreuth, and in 1748 invited him to Bayreuth to open her opera house with his Ezio and Artaserse. Of the seventeen operas performed at the Margravial Opera House during her lifetime, five were by Hasse. He was the most frequently performed composer in this theatre.

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