Album: A Life for the Opera

Released: 5th February 2021, Pan Classics, © note 1 music gmbh.

Excerpts from opera of Agostino Steffani with the Italian soprano Silvia Frigato.

Agostino Steffani is one of those multi-talented personalities one often encounters in the baroque era. He was a man of the church who made it as far as titular bishop and mediator between Pope and Emperor. He was a much-travelled diplomat and politician, as well, who held high state offices up to minister, and he was a composer who wrote operas for the courts in Munich, Hanover and Düsseldorf. Especially in the last years his operas became again very popular because of their high quality.

The Italian soprano Silvia Frigato together with Ensemble Castor trace the stages of Steffani’s life through a selection of arias from his operas.