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Another Vivaldi opera enters the discography, and this one’s a beauty. Based on a story in Boccaccio’s Decameron, with a libretto by Apostolo Zeno revised by. Vivaldi’s genius came to full fruition in his masterpiece Griselda. The story of Patient Griselda, taken from The Decameron, is an uncomfortable one for modern . Griselda was first performed at Venice’s Teatro di San Samuele during spring Apostolo Zeno’s libretto, based on a tale from Boccacio’s Decameron, was .

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His theatres were struggling in part because of extortionate fees charged by the celebrity castrati such as Caffarelli and Carestini.

For his debut at the Teatro San Samuele, Vivaldi chose the libretto by Apostelo Zeno about a queen who was bullied for her humble origins. Her resilience is admirable, yet the extent of her suffering reveals a complex ambiguity: A petulant public demands he have a nobler consort. Vivaldi’s genius came to full fruition in his masterpiece Griselda. Among the men, Philippe Jaroussky is the stand-out.

Two arias from the opera have become popular concert pieces with singers such as Cecilia Bartoli and Simone Kermes. Enjoy ornaments on ornaments and vocal pyrotechnics to burn! Production values are very high.

These are ” Agitata da due venti ” from act 2 and ” Dopo un’orrida procella ” from act 3. Gualtiero tells Griselda that he is replacing her with a more royal consort.

As for the Grimanis and the troubled finances of the S.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ottone still resolutely pursues Griselda and Gualtiero promises him her hand as soon as he himself has married Costanza.


Vivaldi Griselda

The score contains some of Vivaldi’s finest – and most difficult arias – including Agitata da due venti and Dopo un’orrida procella. His people are tired of Queen Griselda, a woman of humble birth. Marie-Nicole Lemieux’s passionate performance of the title-role has vivid handling of text and emotive singing. ACT 2 Ottone delivers an ultimatum to Griselda: Skip to main content.

The fact that her questions about her fate go unanswered by others only outlines even more dramatically the cruel injustice of the situation. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. She is loved by Ottone, a prince of Thessaly, who apparently thinks Gualtiero’s throwaways are good enough for him, and uses Griselda’s humiliation as an excuse to pursue her relentlessly.

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Gualtiero, still not satisfied, pledges Griselda to Ottone. Usually sung by a woman in the few modern productions there have been, we cast the amazing David Hansen in the soprano role of the villain Ottone.

Composition Artist Credits Griselda. Griselda absolutely refuses and declares she would rather die. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. We also hear very dramatic recitative writing from the composer. The opera is fuelled by this tension between professional ambition and personal sacrifice, by behaviour that is both horrific and utterly human. Just as Handel was not merely a composer of oratorio and music to be performed on a ceremonial barge, there is so much more to Antonio Vivaldi than The Four Seasons.

Caitlin Hulcup sings as Griselda, cast out from the palace, and now forced to sleep in garbage and snow.

By modern standards, this is a ridiculous and cruel story. Corrado allows Griselda one last moment to bid her son Everardo farewell.

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Gualtiero and Corrado reveal the true identity of Costanza, Ottone is pardoned and the girl is allowed to marry Roberto. Today, Griselda is rarely performed, but it featured as one of the festival season presentations of The Santa Fe Opera.


In many Baroque operas, the recitatives slow the action down, but in Griseldawe hang on every word and every note. The page viivaldi contains all the information you could ever want, and the engineering is griseda, although there are unexpected “noises off” here and there, such as footsteps, and, at one point, what sounds like someone dropping Vivaldi’s score.

Apostolo Grlselda libretto, based on a tale from Boccacio’s Decameronwas adapted for Vivaldi by Carlo Goldoni then a young playwright at the outset of his career: By no means a humble man, he flaunted his formidable virtuosity, exaggerated his productivity, and boasted endlessly of his welldeserved international reputation.

The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. The Return of Ulysses. There was no place for a plebeian priest Vivaldi had been ordained inthough he had ceased to celebrate Mass the following year on the sumptuous stages of the S.

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This is the proof Gualtiero has been waiting grisflda. The marriage was deeply unpopular with the king’s subjects and when a daughter, Costanza, was born, the king had to pretend to have her killed while secretly sending her to be brought up by Prince Corrado of Athens.

Despite reservations about the top-heavy instrumental textures, this finely sung recording unveils another inventive opera.