10, 11 March 2017, 19:30. Debuting in the role of legate Fulvio in A. Vivaldi’s opera Catone in Utica. With Concerto Valiante in the Bergkerk. The Hague, The Netherlands.
First performed in 1737, Vivaldi‘s Catone in Utica was deemed a masterpiece in its day. The subject was one the 18th century held dear: the last stand, at Utica in North Africa, of the Roman Republic’s army under Marcus Cato against the forces of the emerging empire led by Julius Caesar. The libretto is far from factual. The real Cato chose suicide over surrender, a decision seen by posterity as exemplifying the preservation of moral integrity when faced with inevitable corruption. His operatic counterpart, however, is prevented from taking his own life, and the work ends with messy compromise. The emotional focus rests with Emilia, widow of Caesar’s murdered enemy Pompey, whose demands for justice go unheard on both sides of the political divide.
Concerto Valiante presents, in concert, highlights from this masterpiece. The cast:
Arbace: Mariana Pimenta (soprano)
Cesare: Andrea Tjäder (soprano)
Emilia: Marta Loncar (soprano)
Fluvio: Mattias Pavlous (countertenor)
Catone: Carlos Monteiro (tenor)
Concerto Valiante under the direction of Leonardo Valiante
Bergkerk, Daal en Bergselaan 50, Den Haag
Friday 10 March and Saturday 11 March at 19:30.
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