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Porpora, Nicola Antonio (b Naples 1686; d. Naples 1768)

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  • Alto Giove (Polifemo III,v)
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    The aria made famous through the film 'Farinelli: il castrato' Beautiful and virtuosic, it concerns Acis thanking Jove for making him immortal.
    In two sections, the beautiful lento with it's slowly moving harmony and sinuous vocal line, and an unexpected andantino middle section.
    This edition comes with orchestral score, vocal score and parts.
    Range: d - g''

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Arianna II,v - Misera, e che farò?
    Forces: soprano, oboe, strings & continuo
    Source: BL R.M. MS 22.m.30 (contemporary copy)
    Arianna's beautiful lament in the centre of act II of Porpora's Arianna in Naxo. The role of Arianna was sung Sgra Cuzzoni at the premier in the Lincoln's Inn Fields theatre in December of 1733. Arianna has just had a 'scene' with both Antiope and Teseo and she's not a happy girl. The accompanied recit is dramatic and exciting, the aria virtuosic and beautiful.
    Range: e - a''

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Chiara dea
    Forces: alto, strings & continuo
    Act I scene i of Porpora's 1711 opera Flavio Anicio Olibrio provides us with another obbligato cello aria (who was the cellist?)
    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Giusto amor tu che m'accendi
    Forces: soprano/alto, obbligato cello & continuo
    Adonis' (Farinelli) aria from Act 2, scene ii of the 'Dramma per Musica' Gli orti esperidi (Naples, Palazzo Reale 28th August 1721).
    Source BL MS Add. 14118 (autograph).

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Lontan dal solo e caro (Polifemo Act II, iii)
    Forces: soprano, oboe, strings & continuo
    Aci's (Farinelli's) first aria in Act II, full of pathos and a beautiful line.
    Accompagnato recit followed by moderato aria, the solo oboe in the aria both echoing and precursing the vocal line.

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Nell' attendere il mio bene (Polifemo Act II, iii)
    Forces: soprano, 2 corni, 2 trombe, 2 oboè, strings & continuo
    Aci's (Farinelli's) second Acti II aria and what a sing. This is certainly a 'stand and deliver' moment with the largest scoring in the whole opera.
    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Oh volesser gli dei/Dolce fresche aurette grate (Polifemo Act I, iii)
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    Source: Autograph copy in Royal Music Collection
    Acis' (Farinelli's) opening aria from 'Polifemo'
    It is a beautiful accompanied recit followed by a largo with an allegro 'b' section.

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Parto, ti lascio, o cara
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    Arminio's wonderfully expressive aria from Act II of Germanico in Germania. Lyrical, heart-rending - an absolute showstopper! Witten by Porpora for his pupil Caffarelli - long phrases and extreme leaps in the vocal line, a kind of pain that, in spite of everything, is sweet.
    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Perchè ad amarmi
    Forces: tenor, strings & continuo
    From Act I scene vi of Flavio Anicio Olibrio this is Ricimero's aria about resoluteness in fighting for love
    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Sarebbe nell'amar soave il sospirar (Gli orti Esperidi)
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    Farinelli's second aria from one of his first appearances (Rome 1721). In the rôle of Adonis, Farinelli sings of the power of love to hold him to his beloved despite the horrors of Tartarus.
    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Se il morir, fosse mia pena (Gli orti Esperidi I, iii)
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    The first aria from one of Farinelli's forst appearances (Rome 1721). In the rôle of Adonis, Farinelli sings of his willingness to give up his life for love of Venus. A beautiful aria with primarily violin bass rather than continuo.
    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Se pietoso il tuo labro
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    Source: BL Add MS 31593 ff 30r - 33v
    A deceptively virtuosic aria with exciting rhythmic and melodic interest and occasionally bizarre harmonies. If your lips would have pity upon me... From Ezio (1728).

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Se son lontano dal mio diletto (Gli orti Esperidi Act II)
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    Adone (Farinelli)'s second aria from Act II of Porpora's Gli orti Esperidi. A charming allegro with a 'pathetic' twist, once again principally accompanied by the upper strings - perhaps a gesture to the young Farinelli's age (16 at the time). Adone sings of the fear which enters his heart in the absence of his beloved.
    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Senti il fato (Polifemo Act III, v)
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    Source: Polifemo Act III, scene v
    Acis' (Farinelli's) last aria. In the true bravura style which made both singer and composer famous this aria is extraordinary! Everything from fiendish coloratura to leaps of a 10th, 11th and 12th. Masterful writing. The aria is preceded by a secco recitative and has a slower, though even more virtuosic, middle section.

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Son frà l'onde in mezzo al mare (Gli orti Esperidi Act I)
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    Venere's aria from the end of act I uses all the illusions of the crashing waves upon the shore, convincing her lover, Adone, to remain with her. Written for the great Marianna Bulgarelli (La Romanina: 1684 - 1734) it is a wonderfully 'splashy' coloratura aria.
    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Vaghi amori
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    Imeneo's opening aria from 'La Festa d'Imeneo' Written for Farinelli in 1736 as part of a Serenata composed for the wedding of the Prince of Wales, this is a virtuosic piece with a great deal of room for embellishment.
    Editor: James Sanderson
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