Saturday, January 14, 2006

Mark your calendars - Mozart Madness - Week One starts Jan. 17th - featuring Apollo et Hyacinth

Tuesday, January 17th 2006 marks the first week of some adventurous programming on What's Opera, Doc?. I will be playing all of Mozart's operas in the order they were written to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the year of his birth. That birthday is actually tomorrow.
The first selection will be Apollo et Hyacinth, which Mozart wrote when he was 11 years old.
Apollo and Hyacinth, or the Metamorphosis of Hyacinth
The Latin intermezzo Apollo et Hyacinthus was composed for the Latin school play Clementia Croesi by Father Rufinus Widl

* Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, K. 38
* Librettist: Father Rufinus Widl
* First performance: Great Hall, Salzburg University, 13 May 1767

Dramatis Personæ

Oebalus, King of Sparta (tenor)
Melia, his daughter (treble)
Hyacinthus, his son (treble)
Apollo, his guest (alto)
Zephyrus, friend of Hyacinthus (alto)
Two Priests of Apollo (basses)

Setting: Greece; antiquity
Here is a link to the libretto so that you can follow along: . A reminder will be re-posted on Tuesday - remember the What's Opera, Doc is every Tuesday, 10AM- 1PM on WWW.WHFR.FM.

This performance features: Arleen Auger, Jean-Pierre Faber, Cornelius Hermann, Anthony Rolfe Johnson. Conducted by Leopold Hager. If you click on the image to the right, you can purchase this at Amazon.


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