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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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Gualtiero, still not satisfied, pledges Griselda to Ottone. But things changed in Vivaldi Griselda Strong, attractive singing but the musicians undermine an operatic rarity View record and artist details Record and Artist Details.

Griselda, RV 718 (Vivaldi, Antonio)

Faced with such virtue, the people can no longer oppose Griselda as queen. Corrado allows Griselda one last moment to bid her son Everardo farewell.

Spinosi has taken a hit in some quarters for tempos that are too fast and an overall style that is too aggressive. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. Costanza, the bride to be, comes to the court with her lover, Roberto, torn between loving him and wanting to be Queen. Gualtiero is a nasty person, and so this is a thankless role. Gualtiero reveals that Costanza is their long-lost daughter. A petulant public demands he have a nobler consort.

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Vivaldi prided himself on an unconventional and controversial life. Two arias from the opera have become popular concert pieces with singers such as Cecilia Bartoli and Simone Kermes. There’s no denying that this is an electrified and electrifying performance, and I can see where his detractors are coming from, without agreeing with them.

Today, Griselda is rarely performed, but it featured as one of the festival season presentations of The Santa Fe Opera. She is loved by Ottone, a prince of Thessaly, who apparently thinks Gualtiero’s throwaways are good enough for him, and uses Griselda’s humiliation as an excuse to pursue her relentlessly.

Ottone still resolutely pursues Griselda and Gualtiero promises him her hand as soon as he himself has married Costanza.

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Cover of the libretto for the premiere. This opera does not have a single tedious phrase in it. Costanza arrives and finds herself strangely drawn to Griselda; she begs Gualtiero to let her employ Griselda as groselda maid.

We also hear very dramatic recitative writing from the composer.

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Because it’s not at all a masculine sound, perhaps it was wise to cast him as the relatively passive Roberto. The opera proper concerns Gualtiero’s test of Griselda’s worthiness — his way of justifying his choice to his people.

By modern standards, this is a ridiculous and cruel story.

Tenor Stefano Ferrari sings nobly, particularly in “Sento che l’alma teme,” but let’s face it: The court noble Ottone, who desires Griselda, promises to kill Gualtiero if she will love him instead.


She returns her crown to him; he friselda leaves to greet his griseda bride. Home News Contacts Copyright. Apostolo Zeno’s libretto, based on a tale from Boccacio’s Decameronwas adapted for Vivaldi by Carlo Goldoni then a young playwright at the outset of his career: This is the proof Gualtiero has been waiting for.

Jean-Christophe Spinosi Ensemble Matheus. Reworking a libretto by Apostolo Zeno, playwright Carlo Goldoni and Vivaldi open their version with a crisis: The lovers are bemused but delighted at this reprieve.

Years grielda the action begins, Gualtiero, King of Thessaly, had married a poor shepherdess, Griselda. Costanza, however, would rather marry Roberto, a prince of Athens. Skip to main content. For the libretto, they turned to a year-old poet by the name of Carlo Goldoni.

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Fortunately, the ending is happy, vvaldi Gualtiero’s love for the always loyal Griselda is justified and restored. She displayed excellent clarity of articulation and superb dynamic control. Even so, Griselda remains a vocal cord-buster. Vivaldi’s genius came to full fruition in his masterpiece Griselda.