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Vivaldi: Il Farnace, opera / Mary-Ellen Nesi, Delphine Galou, Sonia Prina, Loriana Castellano, Emanuele D'Aguanno, Roberta Mameli, Magnus Staveland. Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2013 [2 DVD]

Notes & Reviews:

l Farnace is the most re-written and re-proposed of Vivaldi’s operas, it’s like a beloved child who worries his father, and to whom the parent always wants to give the best. Versions of Farnace, two in 1727 and one each in 1730, 1731 and 1732, had been conceived and adapted to the different circumstances for Venice, Prague, Pavia and Mantua, always with a cast to Vivaldi’s satisfaction and with the composer in control of the production. The greatest appreciation of Vivaldi’s operatic music was expressed in a letter by a spectator of the 1727 Carnival season, the abbot Antonio Conti. He wrote to Madame de Caylus that of all the operas of the Venice season he liked Farnace best because its music was very varied, “between the sublime and the tender”, and because Vivaldi’s pupil worked wonders. In 1738, for the Ferrara Carnival season, Vivaldi wrote a new score of the opera. This is the last Farnace, in two acts, as the third was lost. Conductor Federico Maria Sardelli is one of the world’s leading experts in Vivaldi’s music.

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Run Time: 151 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM 2.0
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish


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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Il Farnace, RV 711
  • Performers: Loriana Castellano; Emanuele D'Aguanno; Delphine Galou; Roberta Mameli; Mary-Ellen Nesi; Sonia Prina; Magnus Staveland
  • Conductor: Federico Sardelli
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Chorus
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 02/10/1727
  • Studio/Live: Live