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Premiere Internet Broadcast: J.Chr. Bach’s Carattaco

14/03/2020 @ 14:00 - 17:00


Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester presents the world premiere performance of Johann Christian Bach’s Carattaco.

Can’t make it to our staged performance at the Diligentia Theater in The Hague on 14 February 2020? You are in luck – this is an internet broadcast of that event. Original event: Carattaco, opera seria by Johann Christian Bach

Get your virtual ticket now for €7.50, and you will get access to the stream for 72 hours. See the ticketing link above.

Carattaco is a 1767 opera seria by Johann Christian Bach about the Roman conquest of Britain in the 1st century A.D. The work is in three acts, and it has never been fully revived in modern times, unlike most of the other operas by J.C. Bach. Among one of the main themes of the opera is the virtue and rhetoric of Caratacus, a Silurian King who is betrayed and defeated by the Romans yet is pardoned by Claudius Caesar for his eminent virtue and loyalty to his people.The opera was premiered on 14 February 1767 at the King’s Theatre in the Hay-Market. It was received extremely warmly by the public, and a contemporary newspaper reviewer wrote: “the masterly Stile of the Music, and particularly the Grandeur of the Chorusses, makes it to be wished that Signor Bach may meet with further Encouragement, as his Genius and Judgment corrupted Taste of our modern Music, and, like a second Handel, again seem admirably calculated to reform the present restore that Elegance and Perfection we have for some time been Strangers to.”

Johann Sebastian Bach definitely passed down his gift to his youngest son Johann Christian. However, unlike any other member of the Bach family, he would move to Italy, become Catholic, and would distinguish himself as a composer of opera. He would be hired as Master of Musick to Queen Charlotte of Great Britain, and he would establish himself in London. From here, he developed the most fame of any member of the Bach family at the time, gaining international acclaim across Europe and even the American colonies. He was commissioned to write opera in Mannheim and Paris, and also wrote symphonies, concerti, and chamber works; many of which were published and widely distributed. Mozart was one of his greatest admirers, writing “I love him from my heart, and esteem him.”

Directed by Anders Muskens
with Clara Sawada as concertmaster
with Dad Neue Mannheimer Orchester

Teomanzio: Yuh-ichi Sakai (bass)
Carattaco: Noëlle Drost (soprano)
Cassibilane: Jole de Baerdemaeker (soprano)
Trinobantia: Josefin Bölz (soprano)
Cartismanuda: Natalia Pérez (soprano)
Pratusago: Felipe Carlos (tenor)
Guideria: Tinka Pypker (soprano)
Publio Ostorio: Heleen Bongenaar (soprano)
Claudio Cesare: Natalia Pérez (soprano)