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Vivaldi: Ottone In Villa, opera / Antonini

> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 6: Recitative: Felice e il volto mio … (My face looks happy … ) (Cleonilla, Caio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 6: Aria: Leggi almeno, tiranna infedele (Read at least, O faithless tyrant) (Caio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 7: Recitative: Che mai scrisse qui Caio? … (Whatever has Caio written here? … ) (Cleonilla, Ottone)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 7: Aria: Tu vedrai (You shall see) (Cleonilla)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 8: Recitative: Cesare, io gia prevedo … (Caesar, I foresee … ) (Decio, Ottone, Cleonilla)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 8: Aria: Povera fedelta (Poor constancy) (Cleonilla)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 9: Recitative: Ah Decio, i tuio ricordi … (Ah Decio, your report … ) (Ottone, Decio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 9: Aria: Ben talor favella il Cielo (Very often heaven speaks) (Decio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 10: Recitative: Oh! qual error fec'io … (Oh, how mistaken I was … ) (Ottone, Caio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 10: Aria: Compatisco il tuo fiero tormento (I sympathise with your great grief) (Ottone)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 11: Recitative: Quanto Cleonilla e scaltra … (How shrewd Cleonilla is! … ) (Caio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 11: Aria: Io sembro appunto (I am just) (Caio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 12: Recitative: Ah, che non vuol sentirmi il traditore … (Ah, the deceiver will not listen to me … ) (Tullia)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 12: Aria: Misero spirto mio (My suffering spirit) (Tullia)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Signor … (My lord … ) (Decio, Ottone)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Scene 1: Aria: Tutto sprezzo, e trono, e impero (I care for nothing, not my throne nor empire) (Ottone)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Scene 2: Recitative: Gia di Ottone preveggo … (I foresee Ottone's … ) (Decio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Scene 2: Aria: L'esser amante (To be a lover) (Decio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Scene 3: Recitative: Cerchi in van ch'io t'ascolti … (I am deaf to your pleas … ) (Cleonilla, Caio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Scene 3: Aria: No, per te non ho piu amor, no (No, I no longer love you, no) (Cleonilla)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Scene 4: Recitative: Cleonilla … (Cleonilla … ) (Tullia, Caio, Cleonilla)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Scene 4: Aria: Guarda in quest'occhi (Look into my eyes, and hear) (Caio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Scene 5: Recitative: Quant'ha di vago Amor nel suo gran regno … (All the charms that Love possesses … ) (Cleonilla, Tullia)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Scene 5: Aria: Che bel contento (What sweet contentment) (Tullia)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Scene 6: Recitative: Piu soffrir non poss'io … (I can bear this no longer … ) (Caio, Cleonilla, Tullia)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Final Scene: Recitative: Caio infierito … (Caio in a rage … ) (Ottone, Decio, Cleonilla, Caio, Tullia)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act III Final Scene: Grande e il contento (Great and heartfelt) (Chorus)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 1: Aria: Come l'onda (Like a wave) (Ottone)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 2: Recitative: A Cesare tradito io dir non volli … (I decided not to tell the deceived Caesar … ) (Deccio, Caio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 2: Aria: Che giova it trono al Re (What good is his throne to a king) (Decio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Parli Decio che vuol … (Decio can say what he likes … ) (Caio, Tullia)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 3: Aria: L'ombre, l'aure, e ancora il rio (The shadows, the breezes, and even the stream) (Caio, Tullia)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 4: Recitative: Qual duolo, o Caio, frenetico ti rende? … (What grief, O Caio, has provoked this frenzy? … ) (Tullia, Caio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 4: Aria: Su gl'occhi del tuo ben (To your beloved) (Caio)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 5: Recitative: Disperato e l'infido … (The deceiver is desperate … ) (Tullia)
> Ottone in Villa, RV 729 - Act II Scene 5: Aria: Due tiranni ho nel mio cor[e] (Two tyrants have I in my heart) (Tullia)

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ottone in Villa, RV 729
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Notes & Reviews:

Long thought to be Vivaldi's first opera, Ottone in villa ("Otho on vacation") had its premiere in 1713 in the small public theatre of Vicenza, the Teatro delle Garzerie. By this time Antonio Vivaldi was already a celebrated violin virtuoso and teacher at La Pietà. Nonetheless, Ottone remains one of his earliest. Following their critically acclaimed Armida , Il now present their first full opera recording, Ottone in villa. The well-respected Baroque ensemble Giardino Armonico, led by Giovanni Antonini, is joined by a cast of both established performers as well as rising stars such as Julia Lezhneva and Topi Lehtipuu This is the world premiere complete recording of the work.

"If you're collecting the sets in the Vivaldi Edition, you won't want to miss Ottone in Villa. If you constantly wonder at Vivaldi's versatility - or at his inventiveness - you'll also want to get the recording. Lovers of Baroque opera, for all that they may know a dozen analogues to this, will find much in the work of beauty, charm and real interest. Above all, it's to be valued for the precision, expression and attention to detail and form of the singers and players. The booklet is chock full of detail, historical background and relevant information on the performers as well as the full libretto. The acoustic is immediate and aids our appreciation of every syllable. Antonini's lightness of touch is matched only by his thorough understanding of just what's needed at every turn." -MusicWeb-International

"Ottone in Villa was Vivaldi's first opera - the first of 94, if the composer's own testimony is to be believed (it probably shouldn't be; fewer than 30 survive). By 1713, the date of its composition, the fame of the "Red Priest" was spreading widely throughout Europe thanks to his colourful instrumental concertos. He was well established in Venice, but the city's unrivalled opera heritage was possibly too daunting an obstacle to any operatic ambitions Vivaldi might have nursed: this first attempt was ushered in with little ceremony in nearby Vicenza. Ottone is humbler in scale than many lavish operas of the time, but there is no lack of musical invention or showmanship - particularly when brought to life with such verve by a terrific cast under conductor Giovanni Antonini, with the trademark percussive vibrancy of Il Giardino Armonico.

The opera's true gem is a dramatic scena in Act Two featuring the mocking commentary of wronged lover Tullia (Roberta Invernizzi), shrouded in echoing swirls of solo violins and recorders, unheard by the centre-stage Caio pouring forth tortured lament - ravishingly sung by sensational Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva. Her barnstorming vengeance aria at the end of Act One fizzes with rapid-fire coloratura and sky-high ornamentation.

Much of the music is standard Baroque fare but, this being Vivaldi, there is usually something special to admire - such as the raging tornado alternating with tender reflection in the Act One aria for Roman Emperor Ottone, sung by rich-voiced, impassioned contralto Sonia Prina.

The convoluted plot (a typical web of courtly intrigue) is harder to follow than most because four of the five principal roles are played by women - but only two are actually female characters. To muddy the waters further, one of these is playing a woman disguised as a man. Confused? Of course, but it doesn't matter: what counts is the expressiveness of the performances. A bass aria or two would have been welcome for tonal variety; poor tenor role Decio, well-sung by Topi Lehtipuu, gets the least inspiring numbers.

Despite its almost apologetic origins, Ottone proved successful enough to drum up subsequent commissions from Venice. There is a wealth of Vivaldi opera to explore - an exciting prospect if treated as compellingly as this. It's not the first recording of Ottone in Villa, but it will be hard to beat."-BBC Music

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes, Valladolid, Spain (05/2010).



Reviews

Surprising!
Im a fan of Vivaldis orchestral and choral works and have not heard many of his dramma per musica. This CD is a delightful surprise. From the outset he sets the tone that every note, breath, and movement have a deep meaning to each character or situation. Its not just an early-ish opera that bores you the music is interesting, providing flourishes and varying dynamics to bring you into the characters mindset. You cant go wrong with Vivaldi!
Submitted on 02/27/11 by C Briley 
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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ottone in Villa, RV 729
  • Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 04/21/1713