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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Marie-Nicole Lemieux’s passionate performance of the title-role has vivid handling of text and emotive singing. Saviour of Opera Companies.

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Furthermore, it is revealed that he never intended to marry Costanza anyway, because she is his daughter by Griselda! The proposed bride is in fact Costanza, who is unaware of her true parentage and unknown to Griselda. Jean-Christophe Spinosi Ensemble Matheus.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. In the title role, mezzosoprano Caitlin Hulcup was outstanding. In extrovert arias one occasionally vivxldi some contrived clattering bows from the strings but there is a substantial problem throughout the performance caused by underwhelming, pale playing from the lower strings.

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Other characters in the opera are equally driven: By using grisleda site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Today, Griselda is rarely performed, but it featured as one of the festival season presentations of The Santa Fe Opera.


For the libretto, they turned to a year-old poet by the name of Carlo Goldoni. Reworking a libretto by Apostolo Zeno, playwright Carlo Goldoni and Vivaldi open their version with a crisis: The opera is fuelled by this tension between professional ambition and personal sacrifice, by behaviour that is both horrific and utterly human. Compositions by Antonio Vivaldi. The gaggle of young singers that Vivaldi preferred was never to be allowed to sully these expensive boards. Meanwhile, Costanza and Roberto continue to grislda with the conflicting demands of love and loyalty.

Veronica Cangemi provides some relaxed, attractive coloratura. CD Review Antonio Vivaldi. Griselda is further humiliated by being required to direct the wedding preparations. Long before the opera begins, Gualtiero, king of Thessaly, married the shepherdess Griselda, who bore him two children including a daughter believed to be dead.

The Australian, 2 Dec – Deborah Jones. It is curious that grisflda are no low male voices in this opera, and it is up to French-Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux to add darker shadings to the ensemble — which she does beautifully.

Despite reservations about the top-heavy instrumental textures, this finely sung recording unveils another inventive opera. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. The court noble Ottone, who desires Griselda, promises to kill Gualtiero if she will love him instead.


Such “genre arias,” if you will, were typical of the era. 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.

This opera does not have a single tedious phrase in grisdlda.

The score contains some of Vivaldi’s finest – and most difficult arias – including Agitata da due venti and Dopo un’orrida procella. Spinosi’s pacing of the arias suggests sensible interpretation of Vivaldi’s instructions. Whether you 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.

Gualtiero is a nasty person, and so this is a thankless role. She is in love with Corrado’s younger brother, Roberto, and the thought of being forced to marry Gualtiero drives her to despair.

A petulant public demands he have a nobler consort.

The villain thinks he’s won the girl!