Vivaldi : Arsilda, Regina di Ponto
Arsilda, Regina Di Ponto is Vivaldi’s fourth opera. First performed in 1716 at Teatro Sant’Angelo in Venice, its author’s ambition was to establish his nascent domination over Venetian opera. Arsilda was a great success and was also performed in Dresden and Kassel and probably in Prague and Krakow.
Its plot is rich in twists and turns: to keep the throne of Cilicia (Asia Minor), the young princess Lisea passes herself of as her twin brother Tamese, lost in a shipwreck and postpones the wedding to Arsilda, which must bring her the Ponte Euxin crown. The scabrous situation complicates with the return of Tamese, pursued by his rival Barzane, who also wants to marry Arsilda…Quid pro quos, disguises and “alla turca” politics beat at the heart of young Vivaldi’s wonderful opera.
Václav Luks and the virtuoso musicians of Collegium 1704 revive this brilliant score with excellent soloists and director David Radok, for a flamboyant European tour.
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Arsilda, Regina di Ponto
Musical drama in three acts on a libretto by Domenico Lalli
First performed at Teatro Sant’Angelo in Venice on 27th October 1716
Production: Bratislava National Theatre
Coproduction: Luxemburg City Theatres, Caen Theatre, Lille Opera, Château de Versailles Spectacles, Collegium 1704
Premiere at the Bratislava National Theatre on 9th March 2017