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Pergolesi’s first opera seria, La Salustia, has languished since its premiere in 1732 until revival in 2008, and then this performance at Jesi in 2011. There are two versions of the piece (following a rewrite when the star castrato died just before the premiere) and this performance is of the second. Not that most of us would know. The plot is convoluted, the opera over three hours long, the music attractive, and by the end it’s all a bit of a blur. Juliette Deschamps’s production is elegant, set in front of a large arcade allowing swiftentrances and exits, and the singers are specific of expression. Corrado Rovaris keeps things moving in the pit. Serena Malfiis an even-toned Salustia, Laura Polverelli has slightly wayward fun as her nemesis Giulia, Florin Cezar Ouatu’s countertenor is accomplished as Alessandro and Vittorio Prato’s sexily demonic Marziano threatens to steal the show.

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