Thursday’s Something Else on Friday (Landi)
I haven’t done the challenge in a while so this week I started with Weber’s Euryanthe but soon became unbearably bored with the Romantic sound. A quick scan of my list of “unheard operas” revealed I still hadn’t listened to Landi’s Il Sant’Alessio, famous for boasting 9 castrato roles. For better or worse, Christie chose sopranos for his version, with La Petibon in the title role. Turns out this is a highly enjoyable Early Baroque piece, reccomended to Monteverdi fans. Let’s hope we’ll soon enough see it (as soon as 9 countertenors/sopranos can be got in one place 😉 ) at the Wanamaker Playhouse.