Podcast: Making overtures. Haydn’s operatic openers.
February 19, 2016
Although Haydn’s operas are little-performed today, many of them were immensely popular during his lifetime and were staged far beyond the wealthy Esterhàzy court for which they were written. With subject matter ranging from very dramatic to very funny, Haydn sets the atmosphere for each of his stage works (including those for marionettes) with an overture in his consummate style. Raymond Bisha presents this latest Naxos release of rarely recorded 18th-century music.