Porpora - L’Angelica (Blu-ray) | Dynamic 57936

Porpora - L’Angelica (Blu-ray)

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Label: Dynamic

Cat No: 57936

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 20th January 2023



Ekaterina Bakanova (soprano)
Teresa Iervolino (mezzo-soprano)
Paola Valentina Molinari (soprano)
Gaia Petrone (mezzo-soprano)
Sergio Foresti (baritone)
Barbara Massaro (soprano)
La Lira di Orfeo


Federico Maria Sardelli


Porpora, Nicola



Ekaterina Bakanova (soprano)
Teresa Iervolino (mezzo-soprano)
Paola Valentina Molinari (soprano)
Gaia Petrone (mezzo-soprano)
Sergio Foresti (baritone)
Barbara Massaro (soprano)
La Lira di Orfeo


Federico Maria Sardelli


Nicola Porpora was a composer who helped to turn Italian opera into the most successful and spectacular genre in Europe. One of the few luminaries of the ‘Neapolitan School’ to actually be born in Naples, Porpora wrote L’Angelica, a serenade for six voices and instruments, to a libretto by the young Pietro Metastasio in 1720. The work was composed for the birthday of Empress Elizabeth Christine, wife of Charles VI, and its plot is comedic, focusing on the travails of a couple in love. The opera’s success was immediate, resulting in the commissioning of further works that would lead to ever more glamorous successes for Porpora in Venice, London, Dresden and Vienna.

‘…The staging conceived by Gianluca Falaschi, on his debut as a director (he also signs sets and costumes) renders the moods of the characters very well and describes the places of the narration with touches of fantasy…The fulcrum of the action is the music of Porpora which in Federico Maria Sardelli finds an interpreter of great depth… the orchestra La Lira di Orfeo supports him with expressive fullness, revealing the timbre peculiarities…’ – Avvenire

‘…As leader of the Baroque ensemble La Lira di Orfeo, Federico Maria Sardelli is effective in highlighting the details and the extreme refinement of a score rich in embellishments, real embroideries such as the solo of the cello together with double bass, theorbo and harpsichord. At the end, long applause for everyone…’ – Buonasera Taranto

‘Conductor Federico Maria Sardelli, a Baroque specialist, offered a lively and refined reading of the tense score... Paola Valentina Molinari beautifully sang Medoro’s arias, while Ekaterina Bakanova (Angelica) was striking for her expressiveness and coloratura capabilities. Teresa Iervolino, the evening's prima donna, was a perfect Orlando, poetic and tormented, with a rich texture, always self-assured and clear.’ – Bachtrack

- Orlando: Teresa Iervolino (mezzo-soprano)
- Medoro: Paola Valentina Molinari (soprano)
- Angelica: Ekaterina Bakanova (soprano)
- Licori: Gaia Petrone (mezzo-soprano)
- Titiro: Sergio Foresti (baritone)
- Tirsi: Barbara Massaro (soprano)
- Fattoria Vittadini: Danilo Calabrese, Riccardo Esposito, Samuel Moretti, Valentina Squarzoni

Director, set and costume designer: Gianluca Falaschi
Choreographer: Mattia Agatiello
Light designer: Pasquale Mari
Assistant director: Marco Fragnelli
Assistant set designer: Giuditta Verderio
Assistant costume designer: Nika Campisi
Assistant light designer: Gianni Bertoli
Video director: Marco Scalfi

Recording place: Palazzo Ducale, Festival della Valle d’Itria, Martina Franca, Italy
Recording date: 30 July / 3 August 2021

Video format / Aspect ratio: 16:9 1080/60
Audio format: PCM STEREO 2.0 / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Region code: 0 – All regions
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Notes: Italian, English
Duration: 147 min.
FSK-rating 0


The handsome designs are by the stage director, Gianluca Falaschi. The action takes place round a long table, from which hang floral swags and on which are cutlery and glass, as well as dishes with large domes, the latter serving as props. ... The predominantly young cast sing and act with verve. All the women are excellent, but I would single out Barbara Massaro for the sweetness of her soprano. La Lira di Orfeo under Federico Maria Sardelli play with spirit. Porpora, rival of Handel, mentor of Haydn, is worth exploring.  Richard Lawrence
Gramophone March 2023
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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