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Ulisse all'isola di Circe

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 14 March 2013

As part of Radio 3's Baroque Spring, today's Opera Matinee is a rare chance to hear a performance of Italian composer Giuseppe Zamponi's Ulisse all'isola di Circe from Liege, Belgium. Written for Brussels in 1650 to celebrate the wedding of Philip IV of Spain and Mary Ann of Austria, the opera is about Osysseus' wanderings after the Trojan War, and includes many of the gods of Olympus. The opera was a great success at the time, but fell out of the repertoire. This performance was given in a performing version by Clematis, an ensemble which specialises in rediscovering unknown 17th century music.

Presented by Katie Derham.

Zamponi: Ulisse all'isola di Circe

Circe ..... Céline Scheen (soprano),
Ulisse ..... Furio Zanasi (baritone),
Venere ..... Mariana Flores (soprano),
Argesta ..... Dominique Visse (countertenor),
Mercurio / Apollo ..... Zachary Wilder (tenor),
Euriloco / Tritone primo / Statua Seconda ..... Fernando Guimarães (tenor),
Nettuno ..... Sergio Foresti (bass),
Giove ..... Matteo Bellotto (bass),
Satiro ..... Fabian Schofrin (countertenor),

Cappella Mediterranea
Namur Chamber Chorus
Leonardo García-Alarcón (conductor).

Music Played

3 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Guiseppe Zamponi Ullise all'isola di Circe - Act I

  • Image for Guiseppe Zamponi

    Guiseppe Zamponi Aon3 Wk 11 Zamponi: Ulisse all'isola di Circe Act II

  • Image for Guiseppe Zamponi

    Guiseppe Zamponi Aon3 Wk 11 Zamponi: Ulisse all'isola di Circe Act III



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