Saturday November 22nd - Ottone in Villa by Antoine Vivaldi
Bernard brings us Vivaldi’s first opera which was premiered on May 17th 1713 at the Teatro delle Grazie in Vicenza. This production stars Sine Bundgaard (soprano), Sonia Prina (contralto), Sophie Junker (soprano), Leif Aruhn-Solen (tenor) and Deborah York (soprano) and was recorded at the Teater Republique in Copenhagen. The Concerto Copenhagen are conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen. (Ottone in Villa © 2014 Concerto Copenhagen & Søren Meisner)
Saturday November 29th - Giasone by Francesco Cavalli
Bernard Clarke brings us an early operatic exploration by René Jacobs in his award winning interpretation of Francesco Cavalli’s Giasone recently released on the Harmonia Mundi label. Loosely based on the story of Jason and the golden fleece, the opera was premiered at the Teatro San Cassiano, Venice, on January 5th 1649 during carnival, and it proved the single most popular opera of the 17th century. Countertenor Michael Chance sings Giasone and René Jacobs conducts Concerto Vocale.