Gismondo, Re Di Polonia
Max Emanuel Cenčić (Counter-Tenor), Dilyara Idrisova (Soprano), Marcin Swiatkiewicz (Harpsichord), Sophie Junker (Soprano), Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (Soprano), Yuriy Mynenko (Counter-Tenor), Jake Arditti (Counter-Tenor), Nicholas Tamagna (Counter-Tenor)
Martyna Pastuszka (Director)
Deserved Renaissance – Vinci’s sensational Gismondo, Re di Polonia Contrary to what we think today, neither George Frideric Handel nor Antonio Vivaldi was the most famous and most performed opera composer in the first third of the 18th century, but Leonardo Vinci. Trained in Naples, he was successful there from 1719 with several operas buffe before he turned to the more prestigious Opera seria in 1722 with immediate success. As one of the most important representatives of the Neapolitan School he influenced the Italian and soon also the European opera scene.
Vinci’s opera seria Gismondo, Re di Polonia, first performed in 1727 at the Roman Teatro delle Dame, is a masterpiece by the composer, which, after Artaserse and Catone in Utica, is also being wrested from undeserved oblivion on recordings. In 2018 Vinci’s opera celebrated sensational triumphs in concert in Vienna, Moscow and Warsaw before a rapt audience. No wonder, since in this CD recording a hand-picked group of singers around the star countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic inspires.