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Vivaldi: Catone in Utica, opera / Topi Lehtipuu, Roberta Mameli, Ann Hallenberg, Sonia Prina, Romina Basso, Emoke Barath

> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act III Scene 1: Recitativo: Tutto, amico, ho tentato (Cesare, Fulvio) - Scene 2: Recitativo: Quanti aspetti la sorte (Cesare, Marzia)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act III Scene 2: Aria: Se parto, se resto (Marzia)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act III Scene 3: Recitativo: Me infelice! Che valmi aver soggetto (Cesare)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act III Scene 3: Aria: Sarebbe un bel diletto (Cesare)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act III Scene 4: E questo - Scene 5: Ecco d'Iside - Scene 6: Ola, fermate - Scene 7: D'altre insidie - Scene 8: Siam perduti (Emilia, Cesare, Catone)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act III Scene 9: Aria: Nella foresta (Emilia)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act III Scene 10: Recitativo accompagnato: Vinceste inique stelle (Catone) - Scene 11: Recitativo: Padre! (Marzia, Arbace, Catone)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act III Scene 11: Duetto: Fuggi dal guardo mio (Catone, Marzia)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act III Scene 12: Recitativo: Il vincer, o compagni (Cesare, Fulvio) - Final Scene: Recitativo: Ah Cesare, o sia vero (Marzia, Cesare, Arbace, Emilia)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act III Final Scene: D'amor la face (Chorus)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act II Scene 12: Recitativo: Sarete paghi alfin (Marzia, Arbace, Emilia)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act II Scene 12: Aria: Il povero mio core (Marzia)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act II Scene 13: Recitativo: Udisti Arbace? (Emilia, Arbace) - Scene 14: Recitativo: Or di Catone l'asilo (Emilia)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act II Scene 14: Aria: Come invano il mare irato (Emilia)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act I Scene 9: Aria: Apri le luci e mira (Cesare)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act I Scene 10: Recitativo: Mie perdute speranze (Marzia, Catone) - Scene 11: Recitativo: Deh! t'arresta, o Signor (Arbace, Marzia, Catone)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act I Scene 12: Recitativo accompagnato: Che giurai! Che promisi! (Arbace)
> Catone in Utica, RV 705 (reconstructed by A. Ciccolini) - Act I Scene 12: Aria: Che legge spietata (Arbace)

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Catone in Utica, RV 705
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Naive's Vivaldi Edition is proud to release another of the unknown operas by Antonio Vivaldi. Conducted by one of the masters of baroque opera, Alan Curtis, and gathering an impressive vocal cast (Topi Lehtipuu, Roberta Mameli, Ann Hallenberg, Sonia Prina), Catone in utica marks the 15th opera in the series and is one of the Venetian master's great, late operas.

Sunday Times, 8th September 2013
Alessandro Ciccolini has reconstructed most of the missing music, and the results sound utterly convincing. The cast, all but one of them women (three singing male roles), is impressive of voice and brilliant of technique. Curtis's direction is pacy.

MusicWeb International, 2nd October 2013
Il Complesso Barocco is always well-balanced with excellent ensemble and fine string tone. The music is sensitively and thoughtfully phrased, and the players easily set the mood at the beginning of each aria...This is a truly outstanding recording of one of Vivaldi's finest works.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
Vivaldi's Catone in Utica (Verona 1737) is one of his last operas composed for Italy. It is the last of the mere three operas of Vivaldi with a libretto by Metastasio. The plot for its "historical" subject matter is typical in its cavalier approach to actual history. In 48-47 BC Julius Caesar defeated his rival, Pompei the Great, and got himself into a mess in Egypt by trying to follow him there. The chaotic state of survival that surrounds so many of Vivaldi's operas is starkly represented by Catone in Utica. The full libretto still comes down to us. The composer's musical manuscript preserves Acts II and III in "clean" and reliable form.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lonigo, Italy (09/2012).



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Catone in Utica, RV 705
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Ensemble: Il Complesso Barcocco
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 05/1737