As part of a series celebrating great baroque opera, Lucie Skeaping discusses Hasse's Piramo e Tisbe, in conversation with conductor Michael Schneider.
As part of the Opera on the BBC season, Lucie Skeaping discusses Hasse's opera Piramo e Tisbe with the conductor Michael Schneider. Johann Adolf Hasse was the most celebrated composer of opera seria for several decades of the 18th century in Italy and Germany-speaking countries. Piramo e Tisbe, Hasse's penultimate opera, was very different from any of his others and was considered quite modern for its day. The work was commissioned while he was in Vienna by an unnamed French lady, who sang the role of Tisbe in the performance in a private theatre. Lucie Skeaping and Michael Schneider talk about the striking qualities of this work, illustrated with extracts from his recording, with the title roles sung by Barbara Schlick and Ann Monoyios, and the ensemble La Stagione.