124. Orlando furioso (Vivaldi)

Dramma per musico in 3 actsComposer: Antonio VivaldiLibretto: Grazio Braccioli, after Ariosto's Orlando FuriosoFirst performed: Teatro Sant'Angelo, Venice, autumn 1727 ORLANDO, a knight jealous of MedoroContralto (en travesti)Lucia LancettiANGELICA, beloved of MedoroSopranoBenedetta SerosinaALCINA, enchantressContraltoAnna GiròBRADAMANTE, female warrior, beloved of RuggieroContraltoMaria Caterina NegriMEDORO, Prince betrothed to AngelicaContralto castratoCasimiro PignottiRUGGIERO, a knight following OrlandoContralto castratoGiovanni Andrea TassiASTOLFOBassGaetano … Continue reading 124. Orlando furioso (Vivaldi)

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)