The Royal Opera House

Steffani: Niobe, regina di Tebe CD (Thomas Hengelbrock)

A world - famous court composer during his lifetime, Agostino Steffani was also a significant influence on the likes of Handel, J.S. Bach and Telemann, but his music fell into neglect after his death. Thanks to conductor and Baroque specialist Thomas Hengelbrock, Steffani’s musically rich and emotionally intense fifth opera Niobe, regina di Tebe was revived in 2008, and is heard here in The Royal Opera’s acclaimed 2010 production. With a ‘delectable’ and ‘seductive’ performance from Véronique Gens as the proud queen who is punished for defying the gods, supported by male soprano Jacek Laszczkowski, who ‘thrills with his astonishing power at the top of the voice … [giving] an exciting approximation of what the castrato could do’ (Independent), this recording does full justice to Steffani’s forgotten masterpiece. World Premiere Recording of the complete work.

Composer: Agostino Steffani
Niobe: Véronique Gens
Anfione: Jacek Laszczkowski
Nerea: Delphine Galou
Creonte: Iestyn Davies
Clearte: Tim Mead
Tiberino: Lothar Odinius
Manto: Amanda Forsythe
Tiresia: Bruno Taddia
Poliferno: Alastair Miles 

The Royal Opera
Balthasar Neumann Ensemble
Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock

Running Time: 197 mins
Year: 2010
Includes booklet with full libretto in Italian and English translation