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Pedro António Avondano: Gioas Re di Giuda

Pedro António Avondano: Gioas Re di Giuda
LISBON  •  Centro Cultural de Belém  •  Ongoing

Pedro António Avondano (1714-1782): Gioas Re di Giuda

P. A. Avondano (1714-1782) is one of the most compelling characters in the Portuguese 18th century musical panorama. Violinist, virtuoso of the Real Câmara - Royal House, he was the organizer of the first public concerts in Lisbon in mid 1760. He wrote operas, oratorios, sacred and instrumental music. (...)
Avondano composed at least five oratorios. From these, three survived. All of them with texts from the greatest Italian poet of the 18th century, Pietro Metastasio (1698-1782) - Gioas, re di Giuda is one of them (whose sole manuscript score is in the National Library of Berlin and premiered in Hamburg on December 5, 1763).

An important recent discovery can prove that the work was probably created under the Portuguese Royal Court: an aria from the oratorio was identified by me in the Library of the Dukes of Braganza in Vila Viçosa, Portugal.

This oratorio consists of two parts. The vocal roles are Gioas (soprano), Sebia (soprano), Athalia (soprano), Mathan (contralto), Ismael (tenor), Gioiada (bass). It has an instrumentation consisting of strings, basso continuo, oboes, flutes and trumpets. It presents an interesting example of early classical style in which the mastery of Avondano to show the dramatic effects of the Metastasio's sacrum plot reaches its best.

Iskrena Yordanova

Divino Sospiro
Coro Gulbenkian
Massimo Mazzeo, musical direction


Deborah York: Gioas
Gemma Bertagnolli: Sebia
Agata Bienkovska: Athalia
Filippo Mineccia: Mathan
Fernando Guimarães: Ismael
Nuno Dias: Gioiada

Centro Cultural de Belém Website

Detailed schedule information:
21 Sep 2013 - 21h
22 Sep 2013 - 17h

Contact: Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém
Centro Cultural de Belém
Praça do Império
1449 - 003 Lisboa

Tel: (35) 1 21 361 2400

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