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Siroe, Re di Persia, HWV24
composer
completed 5 February 1728; first performed 17 February 1728
author of text

Recordings
'Handel: Opera Arias' (CDS44271/3)
Handel: Opera Arias
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'Handel: The Rival Queens' (CDA66950)
Handel: The Rival Queens
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Details
Act 2. Aria: L'aura non sempre (Laodice)
Track 20 on CDA66950 [3'35] Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Track 20 on CDS44271/3 CD2 [3'35] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Act 2. Aria: Non vi piacque, ingiusti dei (Emira)
Track 22 on CDA66950 [5'35] Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Track 22 on CDS44271/3 CD2 [5'35] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Act 2. Recitative: A costei, che dir˛? (Emira/Laodice)
Track 19 on CDA66950 [2'20] Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Track 19 on CDS44271/3 CD2 [2'20] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Act 2. Recitative: Si diversi sembianti (Emira)
Track 21 on CDA66950 [0'14] Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Track 21 on CDS44271/3 CD2 [0'14] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Siroe, Re di Persia, HWV24
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Handel set only three opera librettos by Metastasio, the poet and amateur musician who came to be regarded as the greatest, or at any rate the most influential, author of operatic texts in the eighteenth century. Siroe, Re di Persia was the first, the others being Ezio and Poro. Handel completed the score of Siroe on 5 February 1728 and the opera was first performed twelve days later. The action begins in a manner faintly resembling King Lear, with the old king of Persia, Cosroe, favouring his villainous younger son Mendarse as his successor instead of his honourable elder son Siroe. The latter has annoyed the king by falling in love with the princess Emira, daughter of the king’s enemy Asbite, whom Cosroe has killed. To avenge her father Emira has joined Cosroe’s court disguised as a man with the name Idaspe (Hydaspes), her true identity being known only to Siroe. Also at court is a second woman, Laodice, the sister of the commander of Cosroe’s army. She loves Siroe but is pursued by Cosroe. Emira is constantly torn between taking revenge on Cosroe and ensuring justice for Siroe, whose love she returns. In Act 2 Siroe is falsely accused of seducing Laodice and attempting to murder the disguised Emira. Cosroe promises to give him Laodice and pardon him if he confesses. Siroe avoids answering by putting his fate in Emira’s hands: he will abide by whatever she decides. In the final scene of the act Emira tries to escape the dilemma—either Siroe dies or he has to marry Laodice—by pretending to be in love with Laodice. Laodice, however, refuses to give up Siroe, and instead asks Emira to use the authority she has been given to make Siroe accept her. Emira’s refusal incurs Laodice’s anger, expressed in a vigorous aria, and Emira is left to end the Act with a more serene aria contrasting the simplicity of pastoral life with the responsibilities of royalty.

from notes by Anthony Hicks ę 1997

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Details for CDA66950 track 22
Act 2, Aria: Non vi piacque, ingiusti dei (Emira)
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-95022
Duration
5'35
Recording date
4 January 1997
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Handel: The Rival Queens (CDA66950)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: September 1997
    Deletion date: May 2006
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
  2. Handel: Opera Arias (CDS44271/3)
    Disc 2 Track 22
    Release date: September 2007
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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