121. La verità in cimento (Vivaldi)

Opera in 3 actsComposer: Antonio VivaldiLibretto: Giovanni PalazziFirst performed: Teatro Sant’Angelo, Venice, Autumn 1720 ROSANESopranoAnna Maria StradaRUSTENAMezzo-sopranoChiara OrlandiMELINDOContralto (en travesti)Antonia Laurenti, “La Coralli”DAMIRAContraltoAntonia MerighiZELIMSoprano castratoGirolamo AlbertiniSULTAN MAMUDTenorAntonio Barbieri ★★★ The sultan Mahmoud’s wife Rustena and his mistress Damira each give birth on the same day.  The concubine, with the sultan’s knowledge, swaps her baby with … Continue reading 121. La verità in cimento (Vivaldi)

120. L’incoronazione di Dario (Vivaldi)

Dramma per musica in 3 actsComposer: Antonio VivaldiLibretto: Adriano MorselliFirst performed: Teatro Sant'Angelo, Venice, 23 January 1717 FLORAContraltoRosa MignatiARPAGOSoprano (en travesti)Antonia PellizzariORONTESoprano castratoCarlo CristiniALINDASopranoMaria Teresa CottiNICENOBassAngelo ZannoniARGENEContraltoAnna Maria FabbriSTATIRAContraltoAnna Vincenza DottiDARIOTenorAnnibale Pio Fabri ★★★ A simple word association test: Vivaldi ... Anyone not think of the Four Seasons? Vivaldi was, though, more than just an … Continue reading 120. L’incoronazione di Dario (Vivaldi)

103. Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi)

Opera in prologue and 5 (later 3) actsComposer: Claudio MonteverdiLibretto: Giacomo BaodaroFirst performed: Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice, 1639–1640 Carnival season L’HUMANA FRAGILITÀ [Human Frailty]Mezzo-soprano IL TEMPO [Time]Bass LA FORTUNA [Fortune]Soprano L’AMORE [Cupid]SopranoCostantino Manelli?PENELOPE, wife to UlisseMezzo-sopranoGiulia PaolelliERICLEA, Penelope’s nurseMezzo-soprano MELANTO, attendant to PenelopeSoprano EURIMACO, a servant to Penelope’s suitorsTenor NETTUNO [Neptune]BassFrancesco ManelliGIOVE [Jupiter]TenorGiovan Battista MarinoniCORO FAECI [Chorus of Phaeacians]Alto, … Continue reading 103. Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi)