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L'Olimpiade - Act 3

Duration:
1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 28 May 2012

The Olympics in Opera
Andrew McGregor presents Metastasio's 'best seller' L'Olimpiade, a tale of friendship, loyalty and passion as depicted against the back drop of the Ancient Olympic Games. In this performance live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, sixteen of the leading operatic composers of the eighteenth century vie with one another in their settings of the great poet's tale.
Metastasio's L'Olimpiade is presented as a pasticcio with music by Caldara, Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Leo, Galuppi, Perez, Hasse, Traetta, Jommelli, Piccinini, Gassman, Myslivecek, Cherubini, Cimarosa and Paisiello, just some of the fifty or so composers who followed Caldara's lead in 1733 with their settings of of Metastasio's Olympian drama. For decades L'Olimpiade was to be seen and heard in royal courts and public opera houses from Naples to Moscow and from London to Warsaw.
The egocentric noble son, Licida asks his more athletically inclined friend, Megacle to run a race using his name. As Licida excitedly compares himself to a racehorse, the unquestioning young hero, Megacle readily agrees, only to find out that the prize in this race is his teenage crush, Aristea. Megacle faces a tremendous conflict between love and duty and, in one of the most famous theatrical moments of the entire eighteenth century, he and Aristea bid one another farewell. Things are complicated when parents and oracles get involved and a command is given to kill the arrogant Licida on the altar. Can anything save the mad and inconstant, Licida?

approx. 8.45pm
Act 2: Argene and Aristea are informed that Licida (i.e. Megacle) has won the race and Aristea is summoned to the arena
approx 9.15pm
Act 3: Argene restrains Aristea from following Megacle in suicide, while a fisherman saves Megacle. Licida in a fury attempts to kill the King and is condemned to die.

Argene ..... Luanda Siqueira (soprano),
Aristea ..... Ruth Rosique (soprano),
Megacle ..... Romina Basso (mezzo-soprano),
Licida ..... Delphine Galouu (mezzo-soprano),
Clistene ..... Jeremy Ovenden (tenor),
Aminta ..... Nicholas Spanos (countertenor),
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon (conductor).

Music Played

25 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • L’Olimpiade act 1

    • Image for Leonardo LEO
      00:00

      Leonardo LEO Sinfonia

      Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Johann Adolf Hasse
      00:00

      Johann Adolf Hasse Aria (Megacle) Superbo di me stesso

      Performer: Romina Basso (mezzo-soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Baldassare Galuppi
      00:00

      Baldassare Galuppi Aria (Licida) Quel destrier, che all'albergo e vicino

      Performer: Delphine Galou (mezzo-soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Giuseppe Sarti
      00:00

      Giuseppe Sarti Aria (Argene) Oh care selve, oh cara felice liberta!

      Performer: Luanda Siqueira (soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Josef Myslivecek
      00:00

      Josef Myslivecek Aria (Clistene) Del destin non vi lagnate

      Performer: Jeremy Ovenden (tenor) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Giovanni Paisiello
      00:00

      Giovanni Paisiello Aria (Aristea) Tu di saper procura

      Performer: Ruth Rosique (soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Davide PEREZ
      00:00

      Davide PEREZ Aria (Argene) Piu non si trovano

      Performer: Luanda Siqueira (soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Antonio Vivaldi
      00:00

      Antonio Vivaldi Aria (Licida) Mentre dormi

      Performer: Delphine Galou (mezzo-soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Florian Leopold Gassmann
      00:00

      Florian Leopold Gassmann Duo (Megacle, Aristea) Ne' giorni tuoi felici

      Performer: Romina Basso (mezzo-soprano) Performer: Ruth Rosique (soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

  • L’Olimpiade act 2

    • Image for Antonio Caldara
      00:00

      Antonio Caldara Aria (Aristea) Grandi, e ver, son le tue pene

      Performer: Ruth Rosique (soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Tommaso Traetta
      00:00

      Tommaso Traetta Aria (Argene) Che non mi disse un di

      Performer: Luanda Siqueira (soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Johann Adolf Hasse
      00:00

      Johann Adolf Hasse Aria (Aminta) Siam navi all'onde algenti

      Performer: Nicholas Spanos (countertenor) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Tommaso Traetta
      00:00

      Tommaso Traetta Chorus (tutti) Del forte Licida

      Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Niccolò Jommelli
      00:00

      Niccolò Jommelli Aria (Clistene) So ch'e fanciullo Amore

      Performer: Jeremy Ovenden (tenor) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Luigi Cherubini
      00:00

      Luigi Cherubini Aria (Megacle) Se cerca, se dice 'L'amico dov'e?'

      Performer: Romina Basso (mezzo-soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Leonardo LEO
      00:00

      Leonardo LEO Aria (Aristea) Tu me da me dividi

      Performer: Ruth Rosique (soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
      00:00

      Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Aria (Argene) No, la speranza piu non mi alletta

      Performer: Luanda Siqueira (soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Baldassare Galuppi
      00:00

      Baldassare Galuppi Aria (Licida) Gemo in un punto, e fremo

      Performer: Delphine Galou (mezzo-soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

  • L’Olimpiade act 3

    • Image for Niccolò Piccinni
      00:00

      Niccolò Piccinni Aria (Aristea) Caro, son tua cosi

      Performer: Ruth Rosique (soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Niccolò Piccinni
      00:00

      Niccolò Piccinni Aria (Megacle) Lo seguitai felice

      Performer: Romina Basso (mezzo-soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Davide PEREZ
      00:00

      Davide PEREZ Aria (Argene) Fiamma ignota nell'alma mi scende

      Performer: Luanda Siqueira (soprano) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Johann Adolf Hasse
      00:00

      Johann Adolf Hasse Aria (Aminta) Son qual per mare ignoto

      Performer: Nicholas Spanos (countertenor) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Johann Adolf Hasse
      00:00

      Johann Adolf Hasse Chorus (tutti) I tuoi strali terror de' mortali

      Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Domenico Cimarosa
      00:00

      Domenico Cimarosa Aria (Clistene) Non so donde viene

      Performer: Jeremy Ovenden (tenor) Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • Image for Johann Adolf Hasse
      00:00

      Johann Adolf Hasse Chorus (tutti) Viva il figlio delinquente

      Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

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