Hasse: Attilio Regolo / Bernius
Borst, Martina; Rubens, Sibylla; Volle, Michael; Köhler, Axel; Schäfer, Markus; Cappella Sagittariana Dresden; Bernius, Frieder; Wong, Randall; Fuggiss, Carmen
This new release is the eleventh volume in Profil’s Semperoper Edition, and features Johann Adolf Hasse’s three-act opera Attilio Regolo. Attilio Regolo is an Italian-language opera seria by Johann Adolph Hasse based on the story of Marcus Atilius Regulus, a Roman general taken prisoner in Carthage, who elects death rather than ransom. Metastasio wrote the libretto in 1740 for the birthday of the emperor Charles VI but the illness, then death, of the emperor prevented the libretto being set to music at the time. Hasse's opera was performed in Dresden in 1750. The role of Regolo was taken by the castrato Domenico Annibale, while Attilia was composed for Hasse’s wife Faustina Bordoni. Frieder Bernius leads an all-star cast for this interpretation of the rarely performed work.