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Video streamed event and on demand: Achille in Sciro

Watch online on operavision.euOperaVisionRecorded at Teatro Real: Sala Principal, Madrid, Spain
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Dates/times in your browser's time zone
Saturday 25 February 202319:30
On demand from Saturday 25 February 2023 19:30
to Friday 25 August 2023 12:00
Teatro Real
Ivor BoltonConductor
Mariame ClémentDirector
Julia HansenSet Designer, Costume Designer
Ulrik GadLighting Designer
Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla
Coro Titular del Teatro Real
Mirco PalazziBassLicomede
Tim MeadCountertenorUlisse
Francesca AspromonteSopranoDeidamia
Sabina PuértolasSopranoTeagene
Franco FagioliCountertenorAchille
Krystian AdamTenorArcade
Mathieu GuilhaumonChoreography

Thetis, mother of Achilles, disguises her son as a woman to hide him in the court of King Lycomedes of Scyros and prevent him being sent off to the Trojan War. The plan begins to come apart when Achilles, incapable of subduing his virility, falls in love with Princess Deidamia.

Disguise and transvestism have been an essential part of opera plots from the Venetian origins of the genre. In line with this tradition, the story of Achilles on the Island of Scyros inspired more than 30 compositions for voice based on Metastasio’s libretto of 1737. The Italian composer Francesco Corselli was a key figure in Spanish opera of the 18th century. As Kapellmeister of the Royal Chapel of Madrid for nearly 30 years, he was the principal supplier of opera to the Spanish court. Some of these were under the artistic direction of the famous castrato Farinelli. First seen in 1744 at the Real Coliseo del Buen Retiro in Madrid, Achille in Sciro was composed to celebrate the marriage of the Infanta of Spain, María Teresa Rafaela, to the Dauphin of France. Streamed live from Madrid, this production staged by Mariame Clément and conducted from the harpsichord by Ivor Bolton, is a milestone in the recovery of Spain’s musical heritage.

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