6th April 2013
Saturday 6 April 4-9pm FRINGE SERIES
Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street
London, W1K 2PA
Hasse Lucio Papirio Dittatore (Dresden1742)
|Lucio Papirio, Dictator of Rome||Benjamin Williamson counter-tenor|
|Papiria, Lucio's daughter||Elisabeth Fleming mezzo-soprano|
|Quinto Fabio, Papiria's husband||Calvin Wells male soprano|
|Marco Fabio, Senator and Quinto's father||Meili Li counter-tenor|
|Rutilia, his daugher||Roderick Morris counter-tenor|
|Cominio, Rutilia's lover||Catherine Pope soprano|
|Servilio, Tribune of the People||Christopher Jacklin baritone|
Oliver Webber leader
Julia Black principal second
Joseph Crouch cello
Tom Foster harpsichord
Ensemble Serse join us again for another modern day revival of fascinating neglected opera.
On 17 January 1742 the victorious Frederick the Great signed the Treaty of Silesia in Dresden. That evening
Frederick himself was conquered by the second performance of Hasse's Lucio Papirio Dittatore. That night
Hasse became Frederick’s favourite composer and it led to Hasse operas being regularly performed at royal
command at Frederick's court theatres until his death in 1786. The significant themes of Italian opera in the
18th century were usually of a political and philosophical nature with its main purpose to glorify and celebrate
princes, their military prowess and of course courtly values. Papirio is an exception to these fundamental
goals of 18th century theatre.
|Benjamin Williamson||Elizabeth Fleming||Calvin Wells|
|Meili Li||Christopher Jacklin||Catherine Pope|
|Oliver Webber||Julia Black|
There will be two 15 minute Intervals; Please bring your own cushions and refreshments.
There is no eating allowed inside the church.
Tickets: £30 - unreserved seating
Booking will start online on 14 January and by telephone on 21 January.