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)

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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.

Antonio Vivaldi: Farnace, RV 711 (Arr. B. Ticci)


Farnace, RV 711, Act I (Arr. B. Ticci)

Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Benche vinto e sconfitto (Farnace, Tamiri)

Act I Scene 1: Aria: Ricordati che sei (Farnace)

Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Ch'io mi tolga col ferro (Tamiri)

Act I Scene 2: Aria: Combattono ques't alma la gloria (Tamiri)

Act I Scene 3: Coro: Dell' Eusino (Chorus)

Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Dell nemico Farnace quest'e l'Impero (Gilade, Berenice)

Act I Scene 5: Su campioni, su guerrieri (Chorus)

Act I Scene 5: Recitative: In si gran punto ancora (Farnace)

Act I Scene 7: Aria: Nell'intimo del petto quel dolce caro affetto (Gilade)

Act I Scene 8: Recitative: A sorprendermi il cor, bella Selinda (Aquilio, Selinda)

Act I Scene 8: Aria: Penso…penso che que'begl'occhi (Aquilio)

Act I Scene 9: Recitative: Qual sembianza improvvisa (Selinda)

Act I Scene 12: Aria: Da quel ferro che ha svenato (Berenice)

Act I Scena 13: Recitative Donna, la tua fortuna (Pompeo)

Act I Scena 13: Or di Roma forti eroi (Tamiri)

Act I Scene 14: Recitative: Come ben fa veder la donna eccelsa (Pompeo)

Act I Scena 14: Non trema senza stella (Pompeo)

Farnace, RV 711, Act II (Arr. B. Ticci)

Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Principessa gentil, ciascun di noi (Gilade, Aquilio, Selinda)

Act II Scene 1: Aria: Lascia di sospirar! (Selinda)

Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Tempo miglior si scelga (Gilade, Aquilio)

Act II Scene 2: Alle minacce di fiera belva (Aquilio)

Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Di Farnace e del figlio (Berenice, Gilade)

Act II Scene 3: Al tribunal d'amore (Berenice)

Act II Scene 3: Recitative: No, ch'amar non e fallo in cor guerriero (Gilade)

Act II Scene 4: Aria: Quell'usigolo (Gilade)

Act II Scene 4: Recitative: No, che ceder non viglio (Farnace)

Act II Scene 5: Perdona, o figlio amato (Farnace)

Act II Scene 6: Recitative: Ola! Queste superbe memorie (Berenice, Tamiri)

Act II Scene 9: Dividete o giusti Dei (Tamiri)

Act II Scene 10: Recitative: Ah, s'egli e ver che m'ami (Selinda, Gilade)

Act II Scene 10: Aria: Quel tuo ciglio languidetto (Gilade)

Act II Scene 11: Recitative: Dove mai ti trasporta (Selinda)

Act II Scene 11: Gemo in un punto e fremo (Farnace)

Act II Scene 12: Recitative: Dell'iniquo Farnace eccoti il figlio (Berenice)

Act II Scene 12: Aria: Roma invitta, ma clemente (Pompeo)

Act II Scene 13: Recitative: Fra le Libiche serpi (Selinda, Aquilio, Berenice)

Act II Scene 13: Amorosa e men irata (Berenice)

Act II Scene 14: Recitative: Aquilio, ebben? Pensasti? (Selinda, Aquilio)

Act II Scene 14: Duet: Io sento nel petto si grande l'affetto (Selinda, Aquilio)

Act II Scene 5: Aria: Gelido in ogni vena (Farnace)

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