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Composer: Cesti, Antonio (1623-1669)

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Year of birth1623
Year of death1669
NationalityItaly
PeriodBaroque
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InnsbruckTraumland Arkadien

Traumland Arkadien
Stradella, Kapsperger, Carissimi, Cesti, Salvatore, Storace, Pasquini
Emőke Baráth; Margret Köll; Michele Pasotti
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17th-century L'Orontea in Budapest goes millennial

Gyula Rab (Alidoro) and Judit Anna Kiss (Aristea) © Gabor Kotschy
Opera director András Almási-Toth’s whimsical updating of an early Baroque opera by Antonio Cesti switches the composer’s L'Orontea from 1656 to 2016.
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Duetti d'amore - Sabadus and Baráth explore baroque rarities in Budapest

Emőke Barath © DR
Every early music festival these days needs one or more star countertenors in their programme. At this year’s Müpa Budapest’s Régizene Fesztival, Valer Barna-Sabadus was featured together with homegrown soprano Emöke Bárath.
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Friars just wanna have fun: Cesti's Orontea

Mary Bevan © Victoria Cadisch
A very naughty translation and some fine singing make for a delightfully comic evening of Cesti's recently rediscovered Orontea at Wigmore Hall. 
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Amorously enormously entangled

X. Sabata (Alidoro), P. Murrihy (Orontea), L. Alder (Silandra), M. Rexroth (Corindo) & Ensemble © Monika Rittershaus
L'Orontea was premièred as turbulent Carneval entertainment in 1656. Now it is experiencing a fast-paced new staging as modern opera gag at Frankfurt Opera.
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More than a drama queen: Joyce DiDonato in Amsterdam

Joyce DiDonato  ©  Josef Fischnaller
It has been five years since mezzo Joyce DiDonato last sang in Amsterdam. In those five years, she won an Emmy Award, headed the cast of countless productions at the Met and Covent Garden, and has been recognized as one of the greatest opera singers of our time by the press and aficionados alike.
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