Ombra mai fu: Cavalli Opera Arias – Philippe Jaroussky

March 30, 2019, 9:00 am

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Francesco Cavalli (1602–76) is an important figure in the history of opera and his works, which first experienced a revival in the 1960s, have been growing in currency in recent years. The most prominent successor to Monteverdi, Cavalli was active in Venice at a time when opera was moving out of aristocratic palaces and into public theaters. “Beyond the great musical interest that Cavalli offers, his operas are notable for their richness and modernity, and for the diversity and complexity of their characters,” says countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. On his latest album, Jaroussky has included vocal and instrumental numbers from more than a dozen of Cavalli’s operas.