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Ifigenia in Aulide
first performed on 12 January 1788 at the Teatro Regio, Turin
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'Cherubini: Arias and Overtures from Florence to Paris' (CDA67893)
Cherubini: Arias and Overtures from Florence to Paris
Act 1 Scene 5. Aria: Turbata ai dubbi accenti (Ifigenia)

Ifigenia in Aulide

Disappointed by his reception in London, Cherubini started to visit Paris. But first a new challenge awaited him, this time in Turin, where he spent a brief period between London and Paris: there he composed a new opera seria, Ifigenia in Aulide, to a libretto by Ferdinando Moretti, and personally supervised its first performance at the Teatro Regio on 12 January 1788. Contemporary accounts speak of a particularly brilliant result. For what was to turn out to be his last Italian opera seria, Cherubini distanced himself to some extent from the purely virtuosic considerations imposed by the fashion for bel canto and sought greater dramatic verisimilitude. This he achieved by giving still more importance to the orchestra, as is shown by the aria ‘Turbata ai dubbi accenti’ (Act I, scene 5): it is launched by an extended instrumental Allegro, in which solo clarinets emerge from the texture. Iphigenia makes her entry with a hovering vocalise which then descends over a wide range; her part is characterized by broad vocal gestures and long passages of coloratura, but the vocal virtuosity seems aimed more at following the words closely rather than an end in itself.

from notes by Francesco Ermini Polacci İ 2012
English: Charles Johnston

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67893 track 4
Act 1 Scene 5, Aria: Turbata ai dubbi accenti (Ifigenia)
Recording date
1 October 2010
Recording venue
Teatro Verdi, Pisa, Italy
Recording producer
Sigrid Lee
Recording engineer
Roberto Meo
Hyperion usage
  1. Cherubini: Arias and Overtures from Florence to Paris (CDA67893)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: February 2012
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