The Baroque period is full of miracles waiting to be rediscovered. After Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Cavalli, the Italian composer Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690) is the third great name of this period, which saw the birth of opera. We know that he created seventeen works, although of many only the title remains. Fortunately, this is not the case with "La divisione del mondo" (The division of the world), which was highly acclaimed in the years following its premiere in Venice in 1675.
Conductor Christophe Rousset, this time working with Les Talens Lyriques, is known for reviving beauties of the 17th century. This French premiere is also the debut of Dutch singer Jetske Mijnssen at the OnR. The piece is driven by the jealousy of Juno and the disastrous consequences of Venus' beauty for the gods on Mount Olympus, who have just defeated the Titans under Jupiter and are preparing to divide up the world.
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