Notes & Reviews:
Fabio Biondi returns with the first recording of Carlo, Re d'Alemagna by Alessandro Scarlatti, first performed in Naples in January 1716. The opera was resurrected in 2003 by Biondi (the leader of the innovative ensemble Europa Galante) who led a concert performance with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. It is in many ways a typical example of Neapolitan Baroque opera with action assigned to the recitatives whilst the characters are developed during the arias. The opera deals with the accession to power and its exercise. A mixture of opera seria and opera buffo, a requirement for the contemporary Neapolitan public c1690, is also found here.