Domènec Terradella: Sesostri

Album cover art for upc 8437010014024
Label: RCOC
Catalog: REA1102/3
Format: CD

Real Compañía Opera de Cámara; Juan Bautista Otero, conductor

Domènec Terradella
Opera seria in 3 Acts, libretto by Apostolo Zeno, Pietro Parlati 1751

After the premiere of "Artaserse", the Real Compañía Opera de Cámara addresses another unpublished work by Terradellas, "Sesostri", a great find for all fans of opera, with the most wonderful cast.
"Sesostri" is the last opera composed by Barcelona-born Doménec Terradellas, who lived between 1713 and 1751, dying just after the premiere of this opera in Rome. His career developed mainly in Italy, and in Spain today he is mostly unknown. "Sesostri" had its Barcelona premiere in 1754 but did not return there until December 2010, when it was offered in concert and without its recitatives at the Auditori.
Sesostri seems to have been a Pharaoh in the 12th century BC, briefly mentioned by Herodotus and citing a bitter struggle between two brothers in ancient Egypt. This serves as the basis for the libretto of this opera, which is both remarkably complicated and highly implausible!
The protagonist Sesostri, Korean soprano Sunhae Im, not only gives the title to the opera but also has a lot to sing, no less than 5 arias, a trio and the short final ensemble, in short, a remarkable performance.