Avondano: Il Mondo Della Luna

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Label: Naxos Opera
Catalog: 8660487-88

Guimarães, Fernando; Caramujo, Carla; Cabral, João Pedro; Simões, Carla; Gaspar, Susana; Monteiro, Carlos; Carreto, Rodrigo; Filemon, Arthur; Magalhães, Marcos; Músicos do Tejo, Os; Bôrras, Rui; Fernandes, João; Rodrigues, Luís

Born in Lisbon of Italian parentage, Pedro António Avondano was employed at the court of Joseph I, becoming Portugal’s leading composer of instrumental music and dances for the royal ballet. Il mondo della luna (‘The World on the Moon’) was a hugely successful libretto by Carlo Goldoni and was set by the likes of Haydn – its comic tale seeing the social climber and strict moralist Buona Fede duped into thinking that he is on the moon. This narrative of illusion in collision with love, jealousy and power struggles is set with sublime lyrical and dramatic transparency by Avondano in this, his only opera.

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