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Mozart: Lucio Silla, K. 135

Laurence Equilbey

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Recorded in Paris during performances at La Seine Musicale in June 2021, this new version of Lucio Silla, an opera seria composed by a young Mozart, is nothing new for Laurence Equilbey or her team of soloists. They all presented a version of this work in 2016 during a European tour that took them from Paris to Vienna via Aix-en-Provence and Versailles (to name just a few locations).

The operas Mozart composed in his later years have long overshadowed the rest of his operatic productions. Lucio Silla, which was composed for the Teatro Regio Ducale in Milan when he was just 16, is a perfect example of an overlooked opera. It’s a piece that completely overturns the rigid forms of this operatic style with bold modulation and a subtle approach to the vocals. The innovative music is accompanied by intense passion: young Mozart perfectly illustrates the torments of the young Roman dictator and vividly describes the entire spectrum of human emotion. The score is also very demanding, if not challenging, for the singers involved. Particularly the role of Cecilio, which was specifically written for the famous castrato Rauzzini. Enthralled by his voice, Mozart wrote his famous motet Exsultate, jubilate specifically for him.

Most often given to female voices nowadays, this perilous role is splendidly taken on here by falsetto Franco Fagioli (who’s been gifted with the ability to link vocal exercises and vocal ornamentation with an incredible level of skill). Alessandro Liberatore assumes the title role, whilst Chiara Skerath plays Lucio Cinna, and Ilse Eerens plays Celia. All of them possess a vocal intensity that does justice to an incredible work that’s hard to believe was composed by a boy of 16. Mozart embraces the personality of each character with a foresight that’s simply astonishing for a teenager. Praise should also be given to Laurence Equilbey’s conducting, which artfully underlines the violent sentiments present in Mozart's orchestral treatment. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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1
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Overture, Pt. 1: Molto allegro
00:03:28

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA, under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

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Lucio Silla, K. 135, Overture, Pt. 2: Andante
00:02:31

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA, under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

3
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Overture, Pt. 3: Molto allegro
00:01:26

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA, under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

4
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "Oh ciel, l'amico Cinna" (Cecilio, Cinna)
00:00:40

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chiara Skerath, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

5
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "Vieni ov’amor t’invita" (Cinna)
00:08:09

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Chiara Skerath, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

6
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "Dunque sperar poss’io" (Cecilio)
00:02:28

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

7
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "Il tenero momento" (Cecilio)
00:08:13

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

8
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "Se lusinghiera speme" (Celia)
00:05:12

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Ilse Eerens, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

9
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "Del genitor estinto" (Giunia)
00:00:24

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

10
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "Dalla sponda tenebrosa" (Giunia)
00:06:14

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

11
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "Un dittatore così s’insulta" (Silla)
00:01:23

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Alessandro Liberatore, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

12
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "Il desio di vendetta, e di morte" (Silla)
00:05:06

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Alessandro Liberatore, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

13
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "Morte, morte fatal" (Cecilio)
00:05:05

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

14
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "Fuor di queste urne dolenti" - "O del padre ombra diletta" (Chorus, Giunia)
00:05:41

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Le Jeune Chœur de Paris, Chorus, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

15
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "Se l’empio Silla, o padre" (Giunia, Cecilio)
00:01:56

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

16
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 1: "D’Eliso in sen m’attendi" (Giunia, Cecilio)
00:06:11

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

17
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Il braccio mio non ritener" (Cecilio, Cinna)
00:00:40

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chiara Skerath, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

18
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Cecilio, a che t’arresti presso la tomba mia?" (Cecilio)
00:03:18

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

19
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Quest’improvviso tremito" (Cecilio)
00:02:27

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

20
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Al letto segui l’empio" (Cinna, Giunia)
00:00:27

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Chiara Skerath, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

21
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Vanne. T’affretta" (Giunia)
00:01:12

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

22
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Ah se il crudel periglio" (Giunia)
00:08:03

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

23
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Ah sì, scuotasi omai" (Cinna)
00:00:36

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Chiara Skerath, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

24
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Nel fortunato istante" (Cinna)
00:04:43

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Chiara Skerath, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

25
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "E puoi?" (Silla, Giunia)
00:00:15

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Alessandro Liberatore, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

26
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "D’ogni pietà mi spoglio perfida" (Silla)
00:02:01

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Alessandro Liberatore, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

27
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Il mio germano" (Celia)
00:00:28

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Ilse Eerens, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

28
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Quando sugl’arsi campi" (Celia)
00:04:19

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Ilse Eerens, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

29
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "In un istante oh come s’accrebbe il mio timor!" (Giunia)
00:02:48

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

30
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Se gloria il crin ti cinse" (Chorus)
00:02:16

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Le Jeune Chœur de Paris, Chorus, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

31
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Nella prigion più nera traggasi il reo" (Silla)
00:00:24

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Alessandro Liberatore, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

32
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 2: "Quell'orgoglioso sdegno" (Silla, Cecilio, Giunia)
00:03:28

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alessandro Liberatore, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

33
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 3: "Strider sento la procella"(Celia)
00:03:52

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Ilse Eerens, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

34
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 3: "Se il cor di Silla contro al dovere" (Cinna)
00:00:21

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Chiara Skerath, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

35
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 3: "De’ più superbi il core" (Cinna)
00:04:29

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Chiara Skerath, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

36
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 3: "Ah caro sposo... " (Giunia, Cecilio)
00:00:47

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

37
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 3: "Pupille amate" (Cecilio)
00:04:36

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

38
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 3: "Sposo... mia vita... " (Giunia)
00:02:42

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

39
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 3: "Fra i pensier più funesti di morte" (Giunia)
00:03:14

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

40
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 3: "Or l’atto illustre alfine decider dee" (Silla)
00:01:32

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Alessandro Liberatore, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

41
Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 3: "Il gran Silla" (Chorus, Tutti)
00:03:15

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, MainArtist - Giovanni de Gamerra, Poet - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Ilse Eerens, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alessandro Liberatore, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chiara Skerath, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Insula Orchestra, Orchestra - Olga Pudova, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Le Jeune Chœur de Paris, Chorus, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 ERDA under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

Recorded in Paris during performances at La Seine Musicale in June 2021, this new version of Lucio Silla, an opera seria composed by a young Mozart, is nothing new for Laurence Equilbey or her team of soloists. They all presented a version of this work in 2016 during a European tour that took them from Paris to Vienna via Aix-en-Provence and Versailles (to name just a few locations).

The operas Mozart composed in his later years have long overshadowed the rest of his operatic productions. Lucio Silla, which was composed for the Teatro Regio Ducale in Milan when he was just 16, is a perfect example of an overlooked opera. It’s a piece that completely overturns the rigid forms of this operatic style with bold modulation and a subtle approach to the vocals. The innovative music is accompanied by intense passion: young Mozart perfectly illustrates the torments of the young Roman dictator and vividly describes the entire spectrum of human emotion. The score is also very demanding, if not challenging, for the singers involved. Particularly the role of Cecilio, which was specifically written for the famous castrato Rauzzini. Enthralled by his voice, Mozart wrote his famous motet Exsultate, jubilate specifically for him.

Most often given to female voices nowadays, this perilous role is splendidly taken on here by falsetto Franco Fagioli (who’s been gifted with the ability to link vocal exercises and vocal ornamentation with an incredible level of skill). Alessandro Liberatore assumes the title role, whilst Chiara Skerath plays Lucio Cinna, and Ilse Eerens plays Celia. All of them possess a vocal intensity that does justice to an incredible work that’s hard to believe was composed by a boy of 16. Mozart embraces the personality of each character with a foresight that’s simply astonishing for a teenager. Praise should also be given to Laurence Equilbey’s conducting, which artfully underlines the violent sentiments present in Mozart's orchestral treatment. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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