Vivaldi: Il Farnace, RV711

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Vivaldi: Il Farnace, RV711



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29th June 2015




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Vivaldi: Il Farnace, RV711

Sung in Italian. World Première

Mary-Ellen Nesi (Farnace), Delphine Galou (Berenice), Sonia Prina (Tamiri), Loriana Castellano (Selinda), Emanuele D’Aguanno (Pompeo), Roberta Mameli (Gilade), Magnus Staveland (Aquilio), Giulia Nuti (Harpsichord), Simone Vallerotonda (Tiorba e chitarra barocca) & Michele Tazzari (Bass continuos)

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Federico Maria Sardelli (conductor) & Marco Gandini (director)

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Set Italo Grassi

Costume designer Italo Grassi and Simona Morresi

Il Farnace is the most re-written and re-proposed of Vivaldi’s operas, it’s like a beloved child who worries his father, and to whom the parent always wants to give the best. Versions of Farnace, two in 1727 and one each in 1730, 1731 and 1732, had been conceived and adapted to the different circumstances for Venice, Prague, Pavia and Mantua, always with a cast to Vivaldi’s satisfaction and with the composer in control of the production.

The greatest appreciation of Vivaldi’s operatic music was expressed in a letter by a spectator of the 1727 Carnival season, the abbot Antonio Conti. He wrote to Madame de Caylus that of all the operas of the Venice season he liked best Farnace because its music was very varied, “between the sublime and the tender”, and because Vivaldi’s pupil worked wonders.

In 1738, for the Ferrara Carnival season, Vivaldi wrote a new score of the opera. This is the last Farnace, in two acts, as the third was lost.

Video Format/ Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9

Audio Format: PCM 2.0 - Dolby digital 5.1

Subtitles: Fre, Eng, Ger, Ita, Jap, Kor

Region code: 0 – All regions

Recorded in: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Italy

Recording date: May 2013

Duration: 151 min

Notes: English, Italian

Packaging: AMARAY BOX

BBC Music Magazine

November 2015

“Vivaldi expert Federico Maria Sardelli directs the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale, Florence, with both precision and panache…Mary-Ellen Nesi is compelling in the title role…no less captivating is Sonia Prina as Farnace's wife, Tamiri…soprano Roberta Mameli is a mellifluous Gilade, as beguiling as the nightingale of her aria 'Quell'usignolo'”

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