Project Description

“…wow, what music! One hit after another with unusual concentration because it’s relatively short (…) Fabio Biondi’s experienced cast – Sonia Prina, Vivica Genaux, Roberta Invernizzi – now has this idiom totally sorted, and with the glassy, dancing playing of Europa Galante the whole thing shoots along.”

The Guardian
September 2017

“Genaux navigates tricky coloratura splendidly as Lepido, whose lover Flavia is sung eloquently by Roberta Invernizzi…Listeners might enjoy Biondi’s sheen of vitality.”

Gramophone
January 2018

September 2017

EDITOR’S NOTES
No Handel opera is as enigmatic as Silla. His fourth London opera, it was composed in 1713 to a libretto by Giacomo Rossi, also the librettist of the composer’s first great London triumph Rinaldo(1711). And that is just about the extent of any certainty on the subject. It might have been premiered in 1713 in London in a private concert at the Queen’s Theatre, but even this remains unconfirmed.
Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante join an overwhelming vocal cast headed by a fantastic Sonia Prina in the title role. Biondi’s ensemble perform with their trademark elegance and precision in a recording made in the Konzerthaus in Vienna over three days in January 2017.
VOICES:
Sonia Prina – Silla
Martina Belli – Claudio
Sunhae Im – Metella
Vivica Genaux – Lepido
Roberta Invernizzi – Flavia
Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli – Celia
Luca Tittoto – il Dio

Discography