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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Griselda was first performed at Venice’s Teatro di San Samuele during spring Views Read Edit View history.

Vivaldi Griselda

We hear arias whose texts refer to storms, birds, arrows, and sleep, each with appropriate musical illustrations familial from Vivaldi’s concertos. She is loved by Ottone, a prince of Thessaly, who apparently griseoda Gualtiero’s throwaways are good enough for him, and uses Griselda’s humiliation as an excuse to pursue her relentlessly.

Retrieved from ” https: For the libretto, they turned to a year-old poet by the name of Carlo Hriselda. Among the men, Philippe Jaroussky is the stand-out.

Part of the issue, I think, is that the characters in Griselda seem to be in passionate overdrive most of the time.

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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.

Personally, I thought the energy was wonderful. Gualtiero tells her to accept her fate, but changes his mind at the last minute, and has Ottone escorted away. Whether grisellda want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database.

Support our Maestro Appeal. Even so, recent research has linked Vivaldi as composer or impresario to around 67 different productions, with around 50 original settings; such figures make him the most productive opera composer of the period after Alessandro Scarlatti. Griselda absolutely refuses and declares she would rather die. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. The score contains some of Vivaldi’s finest – and most difficult arias – including Agitata da due venti and Dopo un’orrida procella.


The opera’s subject material was appropriate, as it was with Grisellda that Vivaldi, formerly considered too “plebeian” to be heard in most of the Venetian theaters, finally got his foot in the door, thanks to political and artistic changes occurring at that time. Corrado arrives with news that Ottone is approaching, intending to abduct Griselda.

Vivaldi prided himself on an unconventional and controversial life. But things changed in Production values vivaldii very high. Apostolo Zeno’s libretto, based on a tale from Boccacio’s Decameronwas adapted for Vivaldi by Carlo Goldoni then a young playwright at grlselda outset of his career: Grimani, the 18th-century equivalent of Cameron Mackintosh, aware that ticket sales in his group of theatres were falling whereas Vivaldi, now in his fifties, had enjoyed considerable success at theatres in Verona and Vicenza, finally invited him into the fold.

In many Baroque operas, the recitatives slow the action down, but in Griseldawe hang on every word and every note.

Costanza, however, would rather marry Roberto, a prince of Athens. ACT 3 Griselda overhears Costanza and Roberto declaring their love for each other; furious at their betrayal of Gualtiero, she launches into a tirade of reproaches, but when Gualtiero arrives, he tells Griselda the matter is none of her business, and orders her to serve Costanza without question, even if she is dallying with Roberto. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Even though he had begun his career as an instrumentalist and pedagogue, his sensational debut as an opera composer in in Vicenza, with Ottone in villa, inaugurated a prolific vocation in the profitable field of dramma per musica, the theatrical genre most beloved of 18th-century audiences.


Today, Griselda is rarely performed, but it featured as one of the festival season presentations of The Santa Fe Opera.

Iestyn Davies, another counter-tenor, makes a good impression in the smaller role of Corrado. As was usual for the era, some of the arias were taken from earlier works by Vivaldi.

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Now, after the recent birth of a son has led to another rebellion from the Thessalians against Griselda as a queen, Gualtiero is forced to dismiss her and promises to take a new wife.

Ottone still resolutely pursues Griselda and Gualtiero promises him her hand as soon as he himself has married Costanza. He threatens to kill the king unless Griselda has an affair with him. The villain thinks he’s won the girl!

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Meanwhile, Costanza and Roberto continue to struggle with the conflicting demands of love and loyalty. If there’s not much respite in this recording, Vivaldi has to share at least some of the blame with Spinosi, the Ensemble Matheus, and the cast. I confess I can’t get enough of this singer, who has one of the most limpid counter-tenor voices around today.

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Corrado allows Griselda one last moment to bid her son Everardo farewell. Gualtiero reveals that Costanza bivaldi their long-lost daughter. Compositions by Antonio Vivaldi. Gualtiero is a nasty person, and so this is a thankless role.

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