Giovanni Alberto Ristori
He is thought to have been born in Bologna, and was the son of Tommaso Ristori, the leader of an opera troupe belonging to the King of Poland and Elector of Saxony August II the Strong (based in Dresden). August II 'loaned' his opera troupe to the Russian Empress Anna for the celebration of her coronation in Moscow. Ristori died in Dresden.
Calandro, his opera in three acts to a libretto by Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, was both the first opera buffa written in Germany and also the first Italian opera performed in Russia. It was given under his, and his father’s direction, with thirteen actors and nine singers including Ludovica Seyfried, Margherita Ermini and Rosalia Fantasia, in 1731 in Moscow.
Works, editions, and selected recordings
- Missa - on Weihnachten am Dresdner Hof Kopp (Carus)
- Calandro - Batzdorfer Hofkapelle (Kammerton)
- Divoti Affetti alla Passione di Nostro Signore. Echo du Danube. Accent. 2011
- Canto Divoti Affetti on La Voce Virtuosa: Lute and the Saxon Vocal Tradition PGM 106 Includes the world-premiere recording of Ristori's "Canto Divotti Affeti" which was presumed until early 1995 to have been destroyed during the World War II bombings of Dresden.
- "Io vorrei saper, d'amore" by Johann David Heinichen Cantata: "La bella fiammo o Tirsi" by Johann David Heinichen "Lascia che nei suo viso" by Lotti "Felice io me n'andro di Giove" by Fux Allemande in F minor by Weiss Tamara Crout Matthews (soprano), Jennifer Lane (mezzo-soprano), Jorgan-Michael Schwarz and Karen Marmer (violins), Loretta O'Sullivan (cello), Timothy Burris (lute & theorbo), Eric Milnes (organ & harpsichord)