Early music: Pergolesi | San Guglielmo

Pergolesi | San Guglielmo

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Mario Sollazzo conducts the Ensemble Alraune and an outstanding cast of singers for this “dramma sacro". In 1731 Pergolesi composed this masterpiece on a wonderful libretto by Mancini full of theatrical characters. The “Conversione di San Guglielmo” is the last example of the Neapolitan tradition of the “dramma sacro”, a local form of sacred opera including funny roles in a sacred plot, enlarging the range from tragedy to comedy and moralism. The genius of Pergolesi creates a perfect score full of theatrical recitativos and expressive arias. The 3CDs are completed by an exhaustive essay by the musicologist Paolo V. Montanari, an interpretation guide by Mario Sollazzo and the critical edition of the libretto, both in Italian and English.

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Li prodigi della Divina Grazia nella conversione e morte di San Guglielmo Duca d'Aquitania

Dramma sacro in three acts on a libretto by Ignazio Maria Mancini 

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San Guglielmo | Monica Piccinini

Angelo | Caterina Di Tonno  

Demonio | Mauro Borgioni

San Bernardo | Carla Nahadi Bebelegoto

Arsenio | Federica Carnevale

Cuosemo | Mario Sollazzo

Alberto | Arianna Manganello

Conductor | Mario Sollazzo | Ensemble Alraune