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2020.02.05

Approaching the truth of "mysterious opera" ?! How to enjoy Handel's "Silla" 120%

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File.24 Kanagawa Prefectural Ongakudo “Silla”
Miyuki Inoue (Magical Editor)

Handel's opera "Silla", written on the subject of the late life of Lucius Cornelius Sulla, a dictator who existed in ancient Rome. Even though the script and the score remain, it is uncertain whether it was performed at the theater at that time, and it is said that it is rarely performed in modern Europe. From an amateur's point of view, I think, "Is that bad?"
Such a mysterious opera will be performed at the Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall. Prior to this, a lecture concert entitled "Handel's Mystery and the Opera" Silla "-The Tale of Ancient Rome" was held. This is a chance to get closer to the world of opera, which I felt was high! I went out with my longing for my heart.

The lecture started with "Silla as seen from the script" by Takuko Suwa, who translates the script at the Japan Handel Association. First, listen to the introduction and the characters.
Nevertheless, the main character, Scilla, is a terrible guy. He gives his wife and girlfriend a bit of a trick, and when he gets cold, he and his couple are relegated. However, as a theme, it seems to be the subject of Mozart's opera "Lucho Scilla", so it is a typical "tyrant thing".
Suwa says that "the deployment is abrupt and theories are ignored too much," but he seems to be fascinated by the composition and unique scenes.
"It's interesting to say that there is a lack of emotional feeling, but the idea that goes beyond the sentimental frame of the opera. I think so
So that's it. It seemed that it was more interesting to have "bad guys" as a story.

Next is "Silla in History and Politics" by Tadashi Mikajiri, a member of the Handel Institute of Japan and a handel researcher.
First of all, I was surprised to hear that "opera was a means of promoting political assertions and the legitimacy of royal power in this era." However, if you compare the era when Silla was written with the actual chronology, and apply real people to the characters, it will definitely fit.
The problem of succession to the British throne in the first half of the 18th century, and the Spanish Succession War. As you unravel the history, the world of opera comes in realistic colors. The idea is that if the government condemns a critical scenario, saying "No, it's just a historical thing", you can escape.

Despite the elaborate writing, there is no record of the performance, and Mikajiri concludes that "there was no public performance." why?
That's because in the real world Duke of Marlborough John Churchill (= Silla) has lost his place and no longer has to blame the tyrant. In a sense, it may be outdated as a work.
Don't worry, most of the music has been diverted to the later released opera "Amadige". At that time, it seems that such "reuse" is not uncommon.
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Lastly, Masami Hara, music director at the Japan Handel Association, "Music of Silla and its appeal". Lectures on the structure of the opera, the composition process, sound effects, etc., accompanied by a demonstration by Akiko Ito of the harpsichord.
Unfortunately, I didn't know much about the specialty of music. What was interesting, however, was that the expression of the music varied greatly depending on the tempo of the performance.
There are many songs for which the tempo is not displayed in the score of "Silla", and Mr. Hara speculates from this that "it would not have been played in the end." So how do you decide the tempo to actually play? There are many ways to think from scripts and refer to songs that have been diverted to other operas, but as far as speculation is concerned, there is not one answer.
Hara proposed two tempos with different interpretations as an "experiment". The song was played by Mariko Higuchi (soprano) and Ayumi Yokomachi (meso soprano).

Listen and be surprised! Even though the music is the same, does the nuance change so much just by changing the tempo? Music is deep.
Will the music director and conductor Fabio Biondi decide the tempo for each song in the performance of "Silla"? It's a very interesting task and I'm a little glad that it will be premiered in Japan.


* Handel (1685-1759)
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The opera in Handel's era seems to have many complicated and difficult-to-understand works. In that respect, Scilla is extremely simple and compact. However, it is packed with beautiful and attractive music, so even beginners can enjoy it.
"Silla" was not played at that time due to various "adult circumstances". I want to experience it in Yokohama in 2020, after 300 years.

Handel "Silla" All 3 Acts
[Performance Date] February 29 (Sat), March 1 (Sun), 2020
[Start time] 14:00 (Open 13:00) * 13: 15-Pre-talk
[Venue] Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall
[Music director] Fabio Biondi (conductor, violin)
[Performance] Europa Galante
[Performers]
Scilla: Sonia Purina (Contrat)
Claudio: Hilary Summers (Contrat)
Metella: Sunhe Im (soprano)
Lepid: Vivica Juneau (mezzo soprano)
Flavia: Roberta Invernitzi (soprano)
Celia: Maria Inohosa Montenegro (soprano)
God: Michael Bors (baritone)
[Director] Tadashi Miroku
[Art] tamako ☆
[Costume] Mariko Friendship
[Lighting] Naoto Inaba (ASG)
[Script and Subtitle Translation] Asako Motoya
[Stage Director] Yu Osawa (The Staff)

[Price] S seat ¥ 15,000, A seat ¥ 12,000 (slightly remaining seats), B seat (SOLD OUT), student (24 years old or younger) ¥ 8,000
[Inquiry] Kanagawa Prefectural Ongakudo Tel.045-263-2567
*For more informationawa-arts.or.jp/tc/detail?id=36013#.Xi445BfgpEJ">Please click here .

    Kanagawa Prefectural Ongakudo opened in 1954 as the first full-scale music hall in Japan as a public facility. The hall designed to give the best acoustic effect, modeled on the Royal Festival Hall in London, was acclaimed as "The Best Sound of the East" at the time of opening, and the sound has been highly evaluated both domestically and overseas. You. The walls of the hall are all made of wood, and its acoustic sound continues to impress people 60 years after its opening. In 1998, it was selected by the Ministry of Construction as one of the “100 Best Public Buildings” by the Ministry of Construction as an excellent public facility rooted in the area. In addition, in 1999, DOCOMOMO (Docomomo) was designated as an important cultural heritage of the 20th century. (International organization established to record and preserve the building and environment involved in the movement).

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