Louise Bertin (1805-1877)

Cubali, Gran Kan de’ Tartari

Antonio Salieri (1750-1825)
Cublai, Gran Kan de’ Tartari (1788)

Dramma eroicomico in two acts from a libretto by Giovanni Battista Casti, composed in 1788 and never performed during the author’s lifetime.

Director  Martin G. Berger
Stage set  Sarah-Katharina Karl
Costumes Alexander Djurkov Hotter
Dramaturgy Philipp Amelungsen, Christian Schröder


Carlo Lepore Cublai
Marie Lys Alzima
Alasdair Kent Timur
Lauranne Oliva Lipi
Fabio Capitanucci Orcano
Äneas Humm Posega
Ana Quintans Memma
Giorgio Caoduro Bozzone

Arnold Schœnberg Chor
Erwin Ortner, Choirmaster

Les Talens Lyriques
Conductor, Christophe Rousset

“Salieri composed this dramma eroicomico to a libretto by Giovanni Battista Casti, Lorenzo Da Ponte’s great rival in Vienna in the 1780s. This quite amazing work was not performed in the eighteenth century. Commissioned shortly before Austria entered the Russo-Turkish conflict in 1788, it was rehearsed, but for political reasons could not be premiered. So here we present the world premiere performance in Italian of Cublai, Gran Kan de’ Tartari, with a very fine cast, and staging by the young and talented Martin G. Berger.”

– Christophe Rousset