CVS070 - 3CD - La Finta Pazza

Sacrati - La Finta Pazza

Leonardo García Alarcón and his Cappela Mediterranea bring back to life this Sacrati opera, the first of its kind to be represented in Paris. Discover this masterpiece that left its mark on the young Louis XIV and made him want to become a dancer! More details


Cappella Mediterranea
Leonardo García Alarcón,

Francesco Sacrati (1605 – 1650)

14 December 1645 : for the pleasure of the Queen Mother Anne of Austria, and attended by a young King Louis  XIV, Cardinal Mazarin put on the first Italian opera in Paris.
The Italian company, invited at great expense, performed Sacrati’s La Finta pazza, composed in Venice in 1641. To capture the young 7-year-old monarch’s interest, a flurry of monkeys, bears and ostriches was added !
The opulent set decoration by Giacomo Torelli, boasting machinery the likes of which had never before been seen in France, cemented the triumph of this “Feigned Madwoman”, which also featured the first major scene of madness in history : Deidamia must feign madness to keep hold of her lover, the famous Achilles, himself disguised as a woman to escape his fate! Leonardo García Alarcón leads a beautiful and colourful revival of this foundational masterpiece for opera in France, a true miracle of music.

Recorded at the Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles from June 9th to 13th 2021



Booklet French/English/German - Duration: 148ʼ18

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