Vol. 21 – Tito Manlio – 2005


Vol. 21 – Tito Manlio – 2005

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Tito Manlio, RV 738

Nicola ULIVIERI, basso-baritono / TITO
Karina GAUVIN, soprano / MANLIO
Ann HALLENBERG, mezzo-soprano / SERVILIA
Marijana MIJANOVIC, contralto / VITELLIA
Debora BERONESI, mezzo-soprano / LUCIO
Barbara Di CASTRI, mezzo-soprano / DECIO
Christian SENN, baritono-basso / LINDO

Accademia Bizantina

Ottavio DANTONE, direction.

In 1719, while working for the Teatro Ducale in Mantua, Vivaldi was commissioned to write this opera.  At the top of the title page he has written ‘opera scritta in 5 giorni’, though this seems highly unlikely!

REVIEWS :  The cast, headed by Karina Gauvin in the heroic castrato role of Manlio, son of Tito Manlio, is very good indeed. Notwithstanding a few cuts, this production is a triumph prefaced, in the absence of an overture, by a scintillating account of the G major Concerto/Sinfonia (RV 146) for ripieno strings – a real cracker of a piece. Bravo!” BBC Music Magazine

Accademia Bizantina play superbly… and Dantone is no less theatrically flamboyant than Sardelli, but sometimes exercises more restraint and elegance. …Dantone’s singers are often fantastic – especially Ann Hallenberg, whose coloratura is simply gorgeous in Servilia’s ‘Liquore ingrato’ (dreamy, sensual, immaculately phrased and with remarkable intonation). Karina Gauvin gives a masterclass of the Baroque opera soprano’s art: versatile technique, flexible expression, beautiful cantabile and stirring passagework.” Gramophone

DISTINCTIONS : Gramophone Magazine, April 2006, Disc of the Month / 5 de Diapason