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Naive OP 30419

Naive continues its landmark series of Vivaldi operas with this dramatic new recording of Griselda (Venice, 1735), an opera based on a libretto by Apostolo Zeno but shortened and adapted for Vivaldi by the Venetian dramatist, Carlo Goldoni. The story, familiar in the 18th century, tells of King Gualtiero, who tests his wife's fidelity and steadfastness through a series of cruel, harsh trials. As with other operas in this series, Naive has assembled an exceptional cast of fresh-voiced young singers, this time led by the regal, sumptuous-voiced Canadian contralto, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, in the title role. As Costanza, Argentine soprano Veronica Cangemi makes fine work of the vocal fireworks in the familiar aria, "Agitata da due venti," while the smooth-voiced French countertenor, Philippe Jaroussky, excels in the role of her lover, Roberto. German soprano Simone Kermes also sings with style and conviction in the travesty role of Ottone, while Italian tenor Stefano Ferrari rattles off Gualtiero's tempest-driven opening aria with aplomb at a breakneck speed.

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Author:Crory, Neil
Publication:Opera Canada
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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