Dramma per musica in three acts K. 135 (1772)
Libretto: Giovanni de Gamerra
Following the success of his "Mitridate," Mozart received another comission to write an opera for Milan, a dramma per musica in three acts. He began working on "Lucio Silla" in late 1772, while on his third trip to Italy. Although the rehearsals were fraught with problems caused by recalcitrant singers, the work was nervertheless given 26 performances to full houses. Yet despite this success, "Lucio Silla" was the last opera Mozart wrote for Italy.
"I see it as a kind of political thriller, the story of a plot against an inhuman regime [...] ‘Lucio Silla’ is, in my opinion, one of the few truly political pieces by Mozart." Director Jürgen Flimm conceived his production accordingly, delivering a taut and often breathtakingly raw interpretation of the story of the dictator Lucio Silla. Although the action unfolds in ancient Rome, Flimm has trans-posed it to Mozart’s day, when absolutistic monarchs still held sway over Europe.
Roberto Saccà, Lucio Silla
Annick Massis, Giunia
Monica Bacelli, Cecilio
Veronica Cangemi, Lucio Cinna
Julia Kleiter, Celia
Stefano Ferrari, Aufidio
Tomáš Netopil, conductor
Jürgen Flimm, stage director
Hannes Rossacher, video director
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro La Fenice
Recording dates: 23.07.| 27.07.| 30.07.2006