PEDRO ANTÓNIO AVONDANO (1711-1782): Il mondo della luna.
Catalogue Number: 10W028
Description: Born in Lisbon of Italian parentage, Avondano was employed at the court of Joseph I, becoming Portugal’s leading composer of instrumental music and dances for the royal ballet. Il mondo della luna, a hugely successful libretto by Carlo Goldoni also set by Haydn, is a narrative of illusion in collision with love, jealousy and power struggles. Set with sublime lyrical and dramatic transparency by Avondano, this was his only opera. 2 CDs. Italian libretto available online. Fernando Guimarães (tenor), Luís Rodrigues (bass), Susana Gaspar, Carla Caramujo (sopranos), Os Músicos do Tejo; Marcos Magalhães.