TOMÁS DE TORREJÓN Y VELASCO (1644-1728): La purpura de la Rosa.
Catalogue Number: 11L016
Label: Nuova Era
Description: The first opera to be written and performed in the New World (Lima, 1701), this 66-minute setting of a libretto by Calderón de la Barca on the Venus-Adonis story is characterized by both an archaic style (due to Torrejón having been in Peru, cut off from all operatic developments in Europe, since 1665) and by such original touches as a use of arioso in place of recitative and the use of popular elements in the frequent ensembles and choruses. Venus' closing lament should take its place in the line of such similar creations as Monteverdi's and Purcell's. Spanish libretto. Mieke van der Sluis (soprano), Mark Tucker (tenor), Pedro Liendo (bass), Luis Alves da Silva (countertenor), La Cappella Vocal Ensemble, Clemencic Consort; René Clemencic. Original 1995 Nuova Era release.