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Vivaldi: Ottone in Villa, opera

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ottone in Villa, RV 729
>Unspecified : Ottone in villa Liner Notes, Synopsis, Artist Biographies & Libretto [CD-ROM track]
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Vivaldi’s fame as an opera composer is due in now small part to his incredible industry. He composed around 50 operas, and of these around 16 survived complete - several substantial fragments of others have also survived. This period instrument recording was made in 2008 in the world famous Teatro Olimpico (Vicenza), designed by Andrea Palladio. For the first time ever, complete materials from the first performance of 1713 were used. The liner notes are written by the Italian specialist Vittorio Bolcato.

"Guglielmo offers an irresistible attraction in the singing of Maria Laura Martorana in the role of Cleonilla. Her clear, slightly fragile-sounding voice well suits the character's femininity, crucial to the unfolding of events. Florin Cezar Ouatu is a versatile countertenor who effectively enlivens Caio's role." -BBC Music Magazine ****

"an effective period performance with two fine singers at the helm: Maria Laura Martorana as Cleonilla and Tuva Semmingsen as Ottone...[Martorana] gets Cleonilla's steely underbelly just right...With his compact forces, Guglielmo goes for a no-nonsense, straightforward approach...A nice touch to record the opera in the city [Vicenza] for which it was written" -International Record Review

"the foolish emperor Ottone is characterized affectionately by Tuva Semmingsen...Romanian countertenor Florin Cezar Ouatu is an ardent Caio Silio: his coloratura singing in the enraged 'Gelosia, tu gia rendi l'alma mia' takes us to impressive heights." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza (06/20/2008-06/22/2008).


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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ottone in Villa, RV 729
  • Conductor: Federico Guglielmo
  • Notes: Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza (06/20/2008-06/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 04/21/1713

>Unspecified : Ottone in villa Liner Notes, Synopsis, Artist Biographies & Libretto [CD-ROM track]
  • Performers: Luca Dordolo (Tenor); Maria Martorana (Soprano); Florin Ouatu (Countertenor); Tuva Semmingsen (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Federico Guglielmo