The double journey of Alexander the Great, by Xavier Sabata (Translation: Peter Bannister)
This recital takes its title from the lost eponymous opera of Giovanni Antonio Boretti (Rome c.1638-Venice 1672), who was a composer and singer (bass) and about whom we know that he sang one of the main roles in the premiere of this opera in Venice in 1667. Why Alexander the Great? First of all because he is the most frequently treated historical figure in the whole history of opera. We know of more than 65 operas based on Metastasio’s libretto Alessandro nell'Indie (Alexander in India) (1726). But this is not the only reason.