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Agostino Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe - Aaron Sheehan (vocals); Amanda Forsythe (vocals); Christian Immler (vocals); Colin Balzer (vocals); Jesse Blumberg (vocals);...
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This recording of Agostino Steffani's opera Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Niobe, Queen of Thebes) comes mostly from a live performance at the 2011 Boston Early Music Festival; some music cut from the live production was added back in later. The performance was lavish, and the production, unlike most renderings of Baroque opera, made an effort to duplicate the scale and luxury that Steffani's audiences would have experienced in Munich in 1688. The opera isn't a great piece of drama; the libretto, loosely based on an episode from ...