Andreas Scholl countertenor
Alessandro Tampieri conductor
Les Grandes Voix
Andreas Scholl magnifies the pieces devoted to the Virgin Mary by Baroque Neapolitan composers
After his Bach programme last season, countertenor Andreas Scholl explores the rich Baroque Neapolitan repertoire in this latest recital, through excerpts from operas by Nicola Porpora, Leonardo Vinci and Pasquale Anfossi. Porpora was one of the masters of opera seria, and the castrati Farinelli and Caffarelli were among his most distinguished pupils. His contemporary Leonardo Vinci had a marked influence on Pergolesi. While the names of Porpora and Leonardo Vinci have become staples in the programmes of Philippe Jaroussky, Franco Fagioli and Cecilia Bartoli, that of Pasquale Anfossi is far less frequent. And yet this musician, who wrote over 60 operas, was just as famous during his lifetime as the other two. He was born in Liguria and trained in Naples, where he studied with Piccinni and Sacchini. His career subsequently led him to London, Venice and Rome. From 1782 to 1786, he directed the King's Theatre in London, where most of Handel's London works were first performed. A contemporary of Mozart, he set to music three librettos also used by the latter: Lucio Silla, La Finta giardiniera and La Clemenza di Tito.