Teatro Real de Madrid to Showcase Modern European Premiere of Corselli’s ‘Achille in Schiro’

By David Salazar

The Teatro Real de Madrid is set to present the modern European premiere of Francesco Corselli’s “Achille in Schiro” starting on Feb. 17, 2023.

The opera, which will be presented in co-production with the Theater an der Wien, will run through Feb. 25, 2023 for a total of five performances. Mariame Clément directs a cast starring countertenors Franco Fagioli (Achille, Pirra) and Tim Mead (Ulisse); sopranos Francesca Aspromonte (Deidamia) and Sabina Puertolas (Teagene); tenors Krystian Adam (Arcade) and Juan Sancho and (Nearco), and bass Mirco Palazzi (Licomede). Ivor Bolton conducts the Coro Titutal del Teatro Madrid and the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla.

“Achille in Schiro” originally premiered in Madrid over 279 years ago in 1744 at the Coliseo del Buen Retiro to celebrate the marriage of the Infanta of Spain, María Teresa Rafaela, daughter of Philip V, to the Dauphin of France, Louis, son of Louis XV. The Infanta died a year later in childbirth and her point-of-view will be of particular importance to Clément’s staging of the work.

The opera will be streamed via OperaVision on Feb. 25 with the recorded performance set to be aired via European Broadcasting Union to member nations.