Approaching the Truth of "Mysterious Opera"?! How to Enjoy Handel "Scilla" 120%
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File.24 Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall "Scilla"
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal Editorial Department)
Handel's opera "Schilla" written about the latter half of Lucius Cornelius Sulla, a dictator who existed in ancient Rome. Even though the script and the score remain properly, it is not certain whether it was performed at the theater at that time, and it is a work that is rarely performed even in modern Europe. From an amateur's point of view, I wonder, "Is that bad?" (Excuse me!).
An opera with such a mystery will be performed at the Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall. Prior to this, a lecture concert titled "Handel's Mystery and Opera "Silla"-A Story of Ancient Rome" was held. This is an opportunity to get closer to the world of opera, where you feel that the threshold is high! With a longing admiration, I went out.
The lecture started with "Scilla as seen from the script" written by Riko Suwa, who handles script parallel translation at the Japan Handel Society. First, listen to the synopsis and introduction of the characters.
Even so, the leading character, Silla, is a terrible guy. He gives his wife or lover a little bit of his friend, and when he gets cold, he and his husband and wife move to the left. However, as a theme, it seems that it is also the subject of Mozart's opera "Lucho Silla", so it is a typical "tyrant thing".
Suwa-san seems to be attracted by the composition and unique scenes, while saying "The development is abrupt and the theory is ignored too much."
"There is a point that is not emotional, but rather the idea that sticks out the sentimental framework of the opera is interesting. The characters are also rough, but lively, so it is never the "worst script" I don't think so"
So that's it. I thought that it might be more interesting to have a "bad guy" in the story.
Next, "Scilla in history and politics" by Tadashi Mikkaji, a member of the Japan Handel Society and a Handel researcher.
First, I was amazed by the story that "operas were a means of appealing political claims and legitimacy of the royal power in this era." However, by comparing the time when "Scilla" was written with the actual chronological table, and applying more real people to the characters, it certainly fits perfectly.
The issue of succession to the British throne in the first half of the 18th century, and the Spanish succession war. As the history unfolds, the world of opera comes to life. The idea is similar to Ukiyo-e and Kabuki in Japan, where you can just say, "No, it's just history," if you get a criticism from a politician.
Despite the detailed writing, there is no record of the performance, and Mikajiri concludes that "there was no public performance." why?
That's because John Churchill (= Silla), the Duke of Marlborough, was defeated in the real world and there was no need to blame the tyrant. In a sense, it may be that the work is outdated.
It's a bit wasteful, but don't worry, much of the music was diverted to the opera "Amadisi" that was announced later. At that time, it seems that this kind of "reuse" is not uncommon.
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And finally, "Music of "Silla" and its charm" by Masami Hara, a music director at the Japan Handel Society. Lectures on the structure of the opera, the composition process, and the effects of sound, along with a demonstration of Akiko Ito from the harpsichord.
Unfortunately, I didn't really understand the music profession. However, what was interesting was that the expression of music changed greatly depending on the tempo of the performance.
There are many songs whose tempo is not displayed in the score of "Scilla", and Mr. Hara speculates from this that "it was not played at all." So how do you decide the tempo to actually play? It seems that there are various ways to think from the script, refer to songs that have been diverted to other operas, etc. However, there is no single answer because it is a guess.
As an "experiment," Mr. Hara proposed two tempos with different interpretations. The song was played by Mariko Higuchi (soprano) and Ayumi Yokomachi (mesosoprano).
I was surprised to hear it! Even if the music is the same, will the nuance change so much just because the tempo is different? Music has a lot of depth...
In this performance of "Scilla", will music director and conductor Fabio Biondi decide the tempo for each song? It's a very interesting process, and I'm kind of happy that it will premiere in Japan.
* Handel (1685-1759)
It seems that many operas in Handel's era had complicated stories and were difficult to understand. In that respect, "Scilla" is extremely simple and compact. Still, it is packed with beautiful and attractive music, so even beginners can enjoy it.
Due to various "adult circumstances", "Scilla" was not played at the time. I want to experience Yokohama in 2020, which has passed 300 years.
This event has been canceled. You can check the details here .
Handel "Scilla" all three acts
[Performance Date] Saturday, February 29, 2020, Sunday, March 1
[Starting time] 14:00 (Opening 13:00) *13:15-Pre-talk available
[Venue] Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall
[Music Director] Fabio Biondi (conductor, violin)
[Performance] Europa Galante
Scilla: Sonia Purina (Contralt)
Claudio: Hillary Summers (Contralt)
Metella: Seung Hye Im (soprano)
Lepid: Vivica Juneau (Mezzo Soprano)
Flavia: Roberta Invernitzi (soprano)
Celia: Maria Inohosa Montenegro (soprano)
God: Michael Bols (Baritone)
[Costume] Friendship Mariko
[Lighting] Naoto Inaba (ASG)
[Script/Subtitle Translation] Asako Motoya
[Stage Director] Yu Osawa (The Staff)
[Fee] S seat ¥15,000, A seat ¥12,000 (remaining few seats), B seat (SOLD OUT), students (under 24 years old) ¥8,000
[Inquiry] Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall Tel.045-263-2567
Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall opened in 1954 as the first full-scale music hall in Japan as a public facility. The hall, which was designed to give the best sound effect, was modeled after the Royal Festival Hall in London, and was highly acclaimed as "the best sound of the Orient" at the time of opening, and the sound has been highly evaluated both domestically and abroad. I will. The walls of the hall are all made of wood, and its acoustic sound continues to impress people even 60 years after its opening. In 1998, the Ministry of Construction selected the “100 Best Public Buildings” as an excellent public facility rooted in the region, and in 1999, as an important cultural heritage of the 20th century, DOCOMOMO (modern It was selected as "20 selections of modern movement architecture in Japan" by the international organization established to record and preserve the records of building and environment formation related to the movement.
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