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Performer: Federico Maria Sardelli

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FerraraFarnace

Vivaldi: Farnace, RV 711
Federico Maria Sardelli; Marco Belussi; Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Ferrara; Matteo Paoletti Franzato; Carlos Tieppo; Marco Cazzola; Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia del Santo Spirito
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Vivaldi's Farnace finally reaches Ferrara

Vivaldi's opera Farnace presents a basically insoluble problem: how to produce a more or less complete version. While this is not solved by the Ferrara production, it is strong musically and enjoyable.
***11
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Flailing capes, plumed helmets, Baroque machinery: Pizzi's Rinaldo!

Federico Maria Sardelli conducts an historic production of Handel’s first Italian opera for London with energy and Baroque spirit. Teresa Iervolino takes the leading role in a convincing cast.
****1
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Porpora's L'Angelica is a love triangle in Martina Franca

A masterpiece from one of the Neapolitan School's most important protagonists, this rarely heard opera is musically rewarding but confusingly staged.
***11
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A second chance for a teenager Mozart in Venice

Il re pastore seems to be a work that deserves to be included in the repertoire for its undoubted qualities and not only because it foreshadows the genius of the works that will follow.
***11
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Young Mozart returns to Venice: Il sogno di Scipione

Three sopranos and three tenors express a catalogue of "affections" in musical numbers full of coloratura and virtuosic effects that are already 100% Mozart despite the young age of the composer.
****1
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Dafne returns to Florence four centuries later

The imaginative baroque architecture of the Buontalenti Grotto in Palazzo Pitti Boboli Gardens is an inert background to the action in this reprise of one of the first operas.
***11
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