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Temistocle ( by J.C. Bach) (‘Themistocles’)locked

  • Ernest Warburton

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Opera seria in three acts by Johann Christian Bach to a libretto by pietro Pietro Metastasio (see Temistocle above) with alterations and additions by Verazi, Mattia; Mannheim, Hoftheater, 5 November 1772.

In the first of his two operas for the court of the Elector Palatine Carl Theodor, Bach, responsive as ever to local fashions, broadened his musical style to accommodate the Mannheim taste. He also took advantage of the exceptional orchestral and vocal resources at his disposal to produce a score which demanded great virtuosity from all concerned. The cast included the veteran tenor Anton Raaff, who had created the title roles in Bach’s two operas for Naples, and the sopranos Dorothea and Elisabeth Wendling, all three of whom were subsequently to create major roles in Mozart’s ...

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