Berenice, che fai ? Lea Desandre, Nathalie Pérez, Chantal Santon Jeffery, Opera Fuoco & David Stern
Composer: Joseph Haydn (1732 -1809), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), Johann Adolf Hasse (1699-1783), Antonio Mazzoni, Mariana Martinez
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809): Scena di Berenice, Hob.XXIVa:10:
- 1Recitativo "Berenice, che fai"07:45
- 2Aria "Non partir bell’idol moi"05:09
- Johann Christian Bach (1735 - 1982): Catone in Utica, W. G2, Act III, Scène 2:
- 3Aria "Confusa, smarrita"07:27
- Mariana Martinez (1744 - 1812): Scena di Berenice:
- 4Recitativo "Berenice, che fai"04:43
- 5Aria "Non partir bell’idol moi"07:57
- Antonio Mazzoni (1717 - 1785): Antigono:
- 6Recitativo "Berenice, che fai"04:08
- 7Aria "Non partir bell’idol moi"04:00
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): A Berenice, K. 70/61c:
- 8Recitativo "A Berenice"02:28
- 9Aria "Sol nascente"09:37
- Johann Adolf Hasse (1699 - 1783): Antigono "Sinfonia":
- 10I. Allegro di molto02:13
- 11II. Andantino02:59
- 12III. Allegro di molto01:17
- Antigono "Scena di Berenice":
- 13Recitativo "Berenice, che fai"03:37
- 14Aria "Non partir bell’idol moi"05:14
Info for Berenice, che fai ?
Opera Fuoco's latest recording features three former members of the Opera Fuoco studio, Lea Desandré, Natalie Perez, Chantal Santon and the Opera Fuoco orchestra conducted by David Stern. Berenice, che fai? is a compilation of late Baroque and early Classical works based principally on Metastasio’s famous 18th-century opera scene «Ah Berenice» from his opera Antigono. Not only was the scene set to music by such composers as Haydn and Hasse, but also by Antonio Maria Mazzoni and Marianna Martinez, a composer of Spanish descent who was widely connected to the Viennese music scene and, for a time, lived in the same noble house as Metastasio and Haydn at Grosse Michelstrasse. The young Mozart’s concert aria «Berenice» and Johann Christian Bach’s aria «Confusa, smarrita» from the composer’s lost pasticcio opera, Berenice, as well as Hasse’s Antigono overture complement the program.
Berenice, que fai… Or frantic Berenice. Metastasio’s heroin, facing a dilemma of love versus duty, inspired the great operatic composers such as Hasse, Haydn, Mozart such as one of their female peers, still unknown today, Marianna Martinez, contemporary and even neighboring some of them.
To interpret this colorful character, three singers and an orchestra: the mezzo Léa Desandre, rewarded at the Victoires de la Musique in 2017, the sopranos Natalie Perez and Chantal Santon-Jeffery, and the impetuous conductor David Stern at the head of his period instruments-ensemble, Opera Fuoco.
True actors, these musicians restore the theatrical dimension of these scores without sacrificing the sensitive and fragile aspect of the character. An emotional complexity, between exhilarating madness and more tragic pages, that we find in Hasse’s Sinfonia, from his opera Antigono and of which Opera Fuoco gives us a full version of panache.
Chantal Santon, soprano
Natalie Perez, soprano
Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano
Adèle Charvet, mezzo-soprano
Orchestre d’OPERA FUOCO
David Stern, direction
Orchestre d’OPERA FUOCO & David Stern
Since its founding in 2003 by conductor David Stern, the Paris-based opera company Opera Fuoco has been dedicated to the performance of lyric repertoire from the mid-18th century to the present. It combines an ambitious opera studio and a distinctive orchestral ensemble, featuring some of the leading instrumentalists performing on period instruments.
Stern devotes himself, with the help of his musical team, to working with young professional vocalists, offering large-scale opera productions. Opera Fuoco’s productions have taken the studio singers and the orchestra to halls such as Shanghai Symphony Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lucerne and Evian Festivals, Lufthansa Festival in London as well as the Opera houses of Metz, Rouen, Reims, Orleans and La Rochelle.
Opera Fuoco collaborated with an impressive list of vocal stars including Karine Deshayes, Vivica Genaux, Ann Hallenberg, Danielle De Niese, Paul Agnew, Markus Werba, and Lisa Larsson. In seeking to interpret well-known repertoire as well as unknown vocal works, Opera Fuoco has recently recorded Johann Christian Bach’s newly discovered opera ‘Zanaida’.
Important events in the company’s past seasons include the commission of a new opera, ‘Così Fanciulli’, a prequel to Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’, with music by Nicolas Bacri and a libretto by french literary star Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
Opera Fuoco was invited to inaugurate the new Shanghai Baroque Festival in 2014, performing Haendel’s ‘Giulio Cesare’ and Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’. They reappeared in 2015 with Haendel’s ‘Alcina’. In 2016 the company was reinvited to collaborate with the International Telemann Festival and Mageburg Theatre with a fully staged production of Telemann’s comic singspiel ‘Damon’. This season, Opera Fuoco is starting a new residence at the Levallois Salle Ravel near Paris.