Argippo

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Argippo (RV 697) is an opera by Antonio Vivaldi that premiered in the opera theater of Count Franz Anton von Sporck in Prague in 1730.

Rediscovery[edit]

The libretto was preserved but the music was presumed to have been lost until portions of it (over two-thirds) were discovered in 2006 in the private archive of the Thurn und Taxis house in Regensburg by harpsichordist and conductor Ondřej Macek.[1] [2] He stated: "I found out that in 1733, three years after the premiere, the Italian music ensemble appeared in Regensburg. They'd been invited there after the theatre in Prague burnt down."[3] Macek used other arias from Vivaldi and said: "I used music from operas he wrote at the time, shortly before and after the date of the premiere, and sometimes they [the arias] fit really perfectly." Ondřej Macek and his Hofmusici orchestra chose Prague Castle (seat of the Czech presidency) the 16th-century Spanish, and was performed by 13 singers and 24 musicians,[4] the first performance since 1730.

Synopsis[edit]

The opera is set in an Indian royal court and centers around a young princess smitten by a dishonest suitor. It has three acts and lasts over two hours.

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Ondřej Macek biography
  2. ^ "Czech harpsichordist finds Vivaldi's lost opera". Prague Daily Monitor. 14 March 2008. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2008. 
  3. ^ Rob Cameron, "Vivaldi work revived 278 years on" 3 May 2008 on BBC News
  4. ^ David Randall, "Vivaldi's long-lost opera returns to Prague after 278 years", The Independent (London), 3 May 2008

Sources

  • Freeman, Daniel E. The Opera Theater of Count Franz Anton von Sporck in Prague. Stuyvesant, N.Y.: Pendragon Press, 1992.

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