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),
Namur Chamber Chorus
Leonardo García-Alarcón (conductor).