VINCI: Gismondo, re di Polonia

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World premiere recording.
Parnassus Arts Productions, 2019
3 CDs

Leonardo Vinci (1690 - 1730)

Gismondo, re di Polonia

Gismondo - Max Emanuel Cencic
Ottone - Yuriy Mynenko
Cunegonda - Sophie Junker
Primislao - Aleksandra Kubas -Kruk
Ernesto - Jake Arditti
Giuditta - Dilyara Idrisova
Ermano - Nicholas Tamagna

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna
Martyna Pastuszka

First performed at Rome’s Teatro delle Dame in 1727, Leonardo Vinci’s Gismondo, re di Polonia is a masterpiece that has all the qualifications for entry into the standard repertoire. Its libretto alone, with its family relationships full of Freudian complexes and occult practices, defies established opera seria conventions.

The plot revolves around an unpredictable despot, who pushes the world order to the brink of the abyss with policies that serve not the laws of reason and humanity but rather erratic impulses and superstitious rituals. Vinci’s scenes are reminiscent of therapy sessions. They accompany their heroes and heroines down into the dungeons of their souls and out onto Shakespearian battlefields where the living climb up out of mountains of corpses.

Vinci’s Gismondo is for the first time recorded on CD. This soul-searching work features Aleksandra Kubras-Kuk as the neurotic Primislao and Max Emanuel Cencic in the title role. The children fighting to restore order in the world of their fathers, which has sunk into chaos, are sung by Sophie Junker and Yuriy Mynenko.

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