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Vivaldi

Magazine article Gramophone

Vivaldi

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Vivaldi                              [DVD][B] L'incoronazione di Dario Carlo Allemano ten                      Dario Sara Mingardo contr                   Statira Delphine Galou contr                   Argene Riccardo Novaro bar                    Niceno Roberta Mameli sop                     Alinda Lucia Cirillo mez                      Oronte Veronica Cangemi sop                   Arpago Romina Tomasoni mez                     Flora Cullen Gandy ten        Ghost of Cyrus/Apollo 

Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, Turin / Ottavio Dantone hpd Stage director Leo Muscato Video director Matteo Ricchetti and Adriano Figari Dynamic (F) (2) [DVD] 37794; (F) [BR] 57794 (160' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080I * DD5.1 & PCM stereo * 0 * s) Recorded live, April 2017 Includes synopsis

This is a staged equivalent to the CD recording welcomed by David Vickers (Naive, 7/14). The conductor and most of the cast are the same, but the period-instrument Accademia Bizantina is replaced by the Teatro Regio's own orchestra. The opera was staged in Venice in January 1717 but Adriano Morselli's libretto dates back to 1684: it's not an opera seria, therefore, but a light confection with serious moments. This is something of a relief and Leo Muscato directs with a sure hand, though yet again I have to deplore the compression of the standard three acts into two.

You can forget about Achaemenid Persia: the setting is a present-day Arab state, with appropriate costumes and a huge oil pipeline. The ghost of Cyrus appears, telling his daughters Statira and Argene that he is happy and they should stop mourning his death. Darius proposes that Statira should marry him, thereby enabling him to ascend the throne. Arpago and Oronte each have the same idea. Statira is exceptionally dim, much in need of advice from the courtier Niceno (who loves her), and manages to accept each suitor in turn. …

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