PHILIPPE JAROUSSKY, live recording
( probably Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, 2005).
Ensemble "Matheus", cond. by J.-Ch. Spinosi .
G.-F. Händel, Aria of Arsace "Furibondo spira il vento" (Atto secondo) from the opera "Partenope" (HWV 27). This opera was composed to an Italian libretto, adapted by an unknown hand from an libretto, originally written in 1699 by Silvio Stampiglia. Stampiglia's libretto had received many previous settings, including one by Caldara.
The story about Queen Partenope ( the legendary founder of Naples) , who is pursued by no less than three suitors: Arsace, Armindo and Emilio. Although the libretto had been rejected four years earlier by the Royal Academy of Music as being too frivolous, Händel persisted, and "Partenope" premiered at the King's Theatre in London on 24th February 1730.
The score was completed by Händel just two weeks before the premiere.
The first cast were:
Partenope, Queen of Naples - Anna Maria Strada del Pò
Arsace, Prince of Corinth - Antonio Maria Bernacchi
Armindo, Prince of Rhodes - Francesca Bertolli
Emilio, Prince of Cumae - Annibale Pio Fabri Rosmira/Eurimene, beloved of Arsace -Antonia Maria Merighi
Ormonte - Johann Gottfried Reimschneider
The next season 1730- 1731 the role of Arsace was sung by Francesco Bernardi ( Senesino ).
"Partenope" was performed also in Braunschweig 1731- 1733 and in Hamburg 1733-1736.