Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival Announces Leonardo Vinci’s ‘Alessandro nell’Indie’ as 2022 Festival Focus

By Chris Ruel

As the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival 2021 came to a close on Sept. 12, 2021, the Festival announced its 2022 Festival showcase opera, Leonardo Vinci’s “Alessandro nell’Indie.”

The Bayreuth Baroque staging of the work about Alexander the Great’s Indian campaign represents the first time in 300 years the opera will be performed in its entirety.

A decade ago, Bayreuth Baroque staged another of Vinci’s works, “Artaserse.” That work played across Europe, from Vienna to Paris to Versailles, with many stops in between. If history is prologue, “Alessandro nell’Indie,” may find a ready audience.

“Alessandro nell’Indie” will be performed by an all-male cast featuring Franco Fagioli and Bruno de Sá, two vocalists who appeared at the 2021 Festival, for which the showcase pieces were a revival of Porpora’s “Carlo il Calvo,” directed by Max Emanuel Cencic, and a concert performance of the composer’s “Polifemo.” The 2021 artist lineup featured baroque specialists Jakub Jozef Orlinski, Julia Lezhneva, Dorothee Oberlinger, Simone Kermes, Franco Fagioli, Yuriy Mynenko, Bruno de Sá.

Additionally, Max Emanuel Cencic was awarded the Honorary Prize of the Jury of the German Record Critics’ Award for his artistic work to date by music critic Manuel Brug.