The Royal Opera House

Steffani: Niobe, regina di Tebe CD

Betrayal, sorcery and one dazzling aria after the next...Ovid's Queen Niobe of Thebes, who turns to stone when her children are slain by the gods as punishment for her arrogance and pride, is the subject of this forgotten 1688 masterpiece. The Italian composer-priest Agostino Steffani languished in obscurity until the opera was rediscovered recently; the Boston Early Music Festival give its world-premiere studio recording with Karina Gauvin in the psychologically complex title role, and countertenor Phillipe Jaroussky singing 'powerfully and sweetly' (The New York Times) as Niobe's husband Anfione, driven to suicide in the face of family tragedy.

Composer: Agostino Steffani
Niobe:Karina Gauvin
Anfione:Philippe Jaroussky
Manto:Amanda Forsythe
Tiresia:Christian Immler
Clearte: Aaron Sheehan
Creonte: Terry Wey
Poliferno: Jesse Blumberg
Tiberino: Colin Balzer
Nerea: José Lemos 

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Musical Directors: Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs
Running Time: 223.04 mins
Year: 2011