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MOZART, W.A.: Lucio Silla [Opera] (A. Fischer)

MOZART, W.A.: Lucio Silla [Opera] (A. Fischer)

Composer(s):Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.226069-71
Label Dacapo
Quality   320kbps


Review By Richard Wigmore,Gramophone,November 2008


The Milan premiere of Lucio Silla, on Boxing Day 1771, was a near-fiasco: ham acting from the last-minute tenor and the prima donna in a sulk. But from the second performance Mozart’s second opera seria was an unalloyed triumph. The libretto is lumbering, sententious and dubiously motivated, culminating in an astonishing volte-face in which the sadistically ruthless Emperor suddenly morphs into a paragon of Enlightenment clemency. Not that this would have bothered 16-year-old Mozart’s audience one iota. What they came for—and got in spades—were varied and inventive arias that showcased star singers.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,June 2008

Mozart was sixteen when he composed Lucio Silla, a dramatic opera that was to prove the watershed between childhood and adolescence. Yet he had worked under intolerable conditions that prevented him writing the arias before the arrival at the theatre of the principal singers. That gave him less than three weeks to compose the whole score, a task that he achieved with commendable results. Sadly his Italian audience did not take to the work, and he left the country never to return. The story is a basic love triangle, the dictator, Lucio Silla, demanding the hand in marriage of Giunia, who is already betrothed to Cecilio, the Roman senator who has been banished from the country. Events take many twists and turns before the populace turn against Silla, who forgives Cecilio and allows



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