Emilia’s 1st aria, Fux (Julo Ascanio)

Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741)

Johann Joseph Fux was an Austrian composer, music theorist, organist to three emperors at the Imperial Court in Vienna, and important pedagogue during the late baroque period (1660-1741).  He is most well known as the author of a treatise on counterpoint entitled Gradus ad Parnassum.  Fux composed sacred music, instrumental pieces, oratorios, and a few operas.

Emilia’s aria is from an opera by Fux entitled Julo Ascanio.  In this recording it is sung by Radu Marian who is a “natural castrato.”  His voice did not break during puberty, so what you hear in this recording is his natural singing voice.