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In Naples “Tormento d'Amore” with the tenor Ian Bostridge and the Cappella Neapolitana by Antonio Florio
A journey to discover tenor vocality in 18th century Italy: after the evenings in Pordenone and Trieste the concert arrives at the Sannazaro Theater in Naples for the Season of the Alessandro Scarlatti Association
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Alessandro Scarlatti Association Presents

“ Concert Season 2023 -24 ”
Thursday April 11, 2024 (20.30) to Sannazaro Theater in Naples the famous English tenor Ian Bostridge and the Chapel Neapolitan of Antonio Florio they will be the protagonists of an unusual musical journey into Italian vocality between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to discover the repertoire written expressly for the tenor voice: an itinerary about a century long, which winds between the two most important musical centers of the time, Venice and Naples.

The concert, proposed byAlessandro Scarlatti Association as part of the 2023 -24 Season, it offers the precious opportunity to listen to the very little known opera arias that require the tenor timbre: rare pearls, scores uncommon in the 'golden age' of castrati. An anthology of songs marked by spectacular virtuosity but also by an extreme attention to melody follow one another in this “Torment of love, musical journey on the tenor string” – the same title as the recent recording published by Warner Classics.

In the setlist, songs representative of the two great musical capitals of the time: for  Venice, the music of Francesco Cavalli, Antonio Vivaldi, Marc'Antonio Baskets, Alexander Stradella, Antonio Sartorio, John Legrenzi, for Naples the compositions of Francesco Provenzale, Christopher Caresana, Leonardo Win is Nicola Phage,

In Naples “Tormento d'Amore” with the tenor Ian Bostridge and the Cappella Neapolitana by Antonio Florio

Other information of interest

Ian Bostridge he did a post-doctorate in history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford before devoting himself full-time to a singing career. In 1999 he performed the world premiere of a lieder cycle written especially for him by Hans Werner Henze. He was artist in residence at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Barbican in London.

The Neapolitan Chapel is an ensemble founded in 1987 by Antonio Florio (initially with the name of Cappella della Pietà de' Turchini) made up of instrumentalists and singers specialized in the performance of the Neapolitan musical repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and in the rediscovery of rare composers. The originality of the programs and the rigorous respect for performance practice make it one of the most famous baroque ensembles in the world.


Ian Bostridge tenor
Neapolitan Chapel
Antonio Florio director


Torment of Love

Francesco Cavalli
Alessandro's Recitative and Aria: “I remain alone”; “Miser so it goes” from “Eliogabalo”
Alessandro Stradella
Crudarte's aria “Soffrirà, Sperarà” from “Il Corispero”
Antonio Cesti
Symphony from “Argia”; Polemone's aria “Berenice, where are you?” from “Il Tito”
Antonio Sartorio
Symphony from “Orpheus”
Francesco Provenzale
Armidoro's aria “Deh rendemi ombre care” from “La Stellidaura”; Symphony and Aria by Selim “Che speri mio core” from “The Slave of His Wife”
Cristofaro Caresana
Aria del Principe “Tien Ferma Fortuna” from “The Adventures of a Faith”
Giovanni Legrenzi
Symphony from “Totila”
Leonardo Vinci
Aria di Cosroe “Icy in every vein” from “Siroe”
Nicola Fago
Aria by Moisè “Nuove straggi” and Symphony from “Il Pharaone sommerso”
Leonardo Vinci
Cosroe's aria “Se il mio paternal amore” from “Siroe”; Symphony from “Partenope” (1725)
Antonio Vivaldi
Aria “Gelido in every vein” from “Il Farnace”

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