Notes & Reviews:
International Record Review
The title-role is taken - no, grabbed by the scruff of the neck - by Sara Mingardo. Her emotionally intense performance cuts a swathe through the opera, making sense of the curious plot... [she] dominates this performance with her rich, treacly contralto which can switch with alarming speed from purring malevolence one moment to panting passion the next.
The opera is full of brilliant, inventive music... The singing is excellent; the playing crisp and exciting.
Sara Mingardo gives a towering performance, and there are wonderful contributions from Martfn Oro and Romina Basso.
BBC Music Magazine
Sara Mingardo's dark-coloured voice suits the character of the title role. Her Act 1 exit aria 'Armata di furore' comes off splendidly, with the emphasis placed on musicality rather than distracting histrionics... It is Romina Basso's proud warrior Adrasto, though, who steals the show with her mellifluous agility and graceful articulation.
Raffaella Milanesi, Marina Comparato and Romina Basso are all on fine form as the disputing participants in a complex network of quarrelling lovers... Alessandrini's direction is unfailingly astute and he conveys playfulness in elegant ways. Concerto Italiano's violinists play with alert finesse.
Recording information: Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra, Rome, Italy (10/2009).
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Works DetailsVivaldi, Antonio : Armida al camp d'Egitto, opera in 3 acts (act 2 lost), RV 699 A/D
- Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
- Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Opera/Operetta