- 08 Mag 2014
“Marco Aurelio” (1681) – “Tù mi schernisci” – Aria of Marco Aurelio – III Act XI Scene – Agostino Steffani (1654 – 1728).
Luca Casagrande Baritone
Scarlatti Camera Ensemble.
Artistic Director and Producer Luca Casagrande ©
CD Centaurus Music ® ℗ – “Agostino Steffani – La Corte e la Filosofia – Arie da Marco Aurelio” – 2012.
The figure of Marco Aurelio is taken up by Agostino Steffani and his brother Ventura Terzago, author of the booklet, with great attention to the historical figure, and the context in which he moved, which are perceived at the end of the seventeenth century. Of course, the theatrical conventions of the time change the historical view.
[…] So, even though contextualized in the historical, the protagonists of the opera are a passionate lover and unhappy Marco Aurelio, ready to endure, and a beautiful Faustina, passionate, but at least ambiguous. In short, it tells about the private lives of historical figures.
(Luca Casagrande – “Steffani’s Marco Aurelio” – Critical essay – 2012.)