Vivaldi, Antonio - Ottone in villa - Lehtipuu, Topi (tenor)

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Ottone in villa, RV729
Opera in 3 acts

Cleonilla Veronica Cangemi SOPRANO
Ottone Sonia Prina CONTRALTO
Caio Silio Julia Lezhneva SOPRANO
Decio Topi Lehtipuu TENOR
Tullia Roberta Invernizzi SOPRANO

Il Giardino Armonico
Giovanni Antonini

Long thought to be Vivaldi's first opera, Ottone in villa ("Otho on vacation") had its premier 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.

Ottone in villa bears witness to Vivaldi's mastery in his first productive period (in 1711 he had published his Op. 3 concerti, L'estro armonico), and is a precious example of Venetian operatic culture. The drama is a satire of Imperial Rome's high society, concentrating on amorous intrigues among an attractive group of young characters in a pastoral setting. Such a light-hearted entertainment would have been fitting for the noble Venetians who often vacationed near Vicenza.

Many of the lovely, melodic arias in this work were reused by Vivaldi in other operas later in his career, proof of their immediate success in this, his first drama per musica.

Ottone was revived in 1729 in Treviso where it was performed at the Teatro Dolfin.

The story unfolds around five characters:

mistress of Emperor Ottone

Roman Emperor

Caio Silio
a handsome young man loved by Cleonilla

confident of Ottone

a foreign lady in love with Caio but aban doned by him for Cleonilla, disguised as Ostilio, page to Cleonilla and loved by her
Artikelnummer OP30493
Streckkod 0709861304936
Utgivningsdatum 2010-11-08
Kategori Opera
Skivbolag Naïve
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Artister Lehtipuu, Topi (tenor)
Dirigenter Antonini, Giovani
Kompositörer Vivaldi, Antonio
Disk: 1
1 Ottone in villa, RV729
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