A world premiere live recording of La Stellidaura vendicante from the Innsbruck Early Music Festival is to be released on disc by Harmonia Mundi.

The three-act baroque opera was written by seventeenth-century Italian composer and teacher Francesco Provenzale, and was first performed in 1674 in Naples. Of all Provenzale’s work, only two of his operas survive.

This production of La Stellidaura vendicante was performed at last year’s Innsbruck Early Music Festival by Academia Montis Regalis under the direction of Alessandro De Marchi.

De Marchi wanted to add Neapolitan authenticity to the performance and included a Turkish lute, called a colascione, and a chitarra battente – a type of baroque guitar – among Academia Montis Regalis’s period instrument selection.

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