Vivaldi : Arsilda, Regina di Ponto

23 and 25 June 2017
With surtitles in english & french
Approximate duration: 
2h40 including intermission

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  



Lucile Richardot Lisea

Olivia Vermeulen Arsilda

Kangmin Justin Kim Barzane

Fernando Guimarães Tamese

Lisandro Abadie Cisardo

Lenka Máčiková Mirinda


Václav Luks Conductor

David Radok Direction

Ivan Theimer Scenography

Ondřej Nekvasil Scenography architect

Zuzana Ježková Costumes

Andrea Miltnerová Choreography

Přemysl Janda Lights

Kristýna Martinovská Assistant director


Collegium Vocale Choir 1704

Collegium Orchestre 1704