Jommelli, Il Vologeso - Berenice, Queen of Armenia
From the Oper Stuttgart
From the Oper Stuttgart: "Il Vologeso" by Niccolò Jommelli (1714-1774). Conductor: Gabriele Ferro - Stage directors: Jossi Wieler & Sergio Morabito. With Ana Durlovski (Berenice), Sophie Marilley (Vologeso), Sebastian Kohlhepp (Lucio Vero), Helene Schneiderman (Lucilla). On his campaign against the Parthians, Lucio Vero, co-ruler of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, has fallen in love with Berenice, Queen of Armenia. She is the bride of his presumably dead enemy Vologeso. But Vologeso lives. And also Lucilla, the emperor's daughter, is not willing to abandon her claim to the hand of her fiancé Lucio Vero... The first performance of the work took place in 1766 in the German town of Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart. At that time Niccolò Jommelli, world-famous composer of operas and liturgical music, had already been Court Music Conductor at the court of Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg for 13 years. His opera "Il Vologeso" is based on Apostolo Zeno's libretto "Lucio Vero", which premiered at the turn of the century 1699/1700 and became one of the most popular opera plots of the 18th century.
Ana Durlovski (Berenice)