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Vivaldi and his star: a pyrotechnic recital!

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Vivaldi and his star: a pyrotechnic recital!

Arias and sinfonias by Antonio Vivaldi Vivaldi

Allegro from Sinfonia RV 152

Aria "Qual Furore, qual affanno", (Asteria) / Bajazet

Aria "Alza in quegl’occhi" (Alcina) / Orlando furioso

Allegro from the Cello Sonata RV 44 in A

"Milites hum venite" recitative (Vagaus) / Judith Triumphans

Aria "Armatae face et anguibis" (Vagaus) / Judith Triumphans

Concerto RV 157 in G (Allegro/Adagio/Allegro)

Aria "Cum dederit" / Nisi Dominus

Aria "Ho il cor gia lacero" (Griselda) / Griselda

Recitative "Oh ingiusti numi" (Alcina) / Orlando furioso

Aria "Anderò, chiamerò" (Alcina) / Orlando furioso

Sinfonia in G RV 156 (Allegro/Adagio/Allegro)

Aria "Sposa son disprezzata" (Irena) / Bajazet

Aria "Amorose ai rai del sole" (Alcina) / Orlando furioso

Aria "Agitata da due venti"  (Griselda) / Griselda

Blandine de Sansal, mezzo soprano
Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu
Franck-Emmanuel Comte, harpsichord and musical direction
Reynier Guerrero, violin
Sayaka Shinoda, violin
André Costa, viola
Aude Walker-Viry, cello
Nicolas Janot, doublebass
Morgan Marquié, theorbo

On stage:
1 soloist, 7 instrumentalists

The daughter of a French wigmaker living in Mantua, mezzo-soprano Anna Giraud met Vivaldi in the same town. The young girl and the musician became friends, and he gave her lessons, which continued in Venice at the Ospedale della Pietà. Captivated by the girl who was to become one of the principal Prima donnas of the Serenissima, the red-haired priest composed for Anna - nicknamed "La Girò"No less than a dozen of his leading roles. "L’Anima Del prete rosso"who, as the Venetians called her, became the Prima donna of such major works as Griselda, Orlando, Alcina, Bajazet….

Without displaying the virtuosity of the great castrati, she was recognised for her many qualities: expressive singing, a flattering range in the lower register, the charisma and charm of an advantageous physique and, above all, a proven talent for acting, which earned her the praise of Goldoni. The period also remembered the aura of mystery and scandal that accompanied the supposed love affair between the master and his muse...

See the portrait of Anna Giraud on the Quell'Usignolo website



RESMUSICA | 05.07.2023 | Pierre Degott
"At ease with the fearsome vocalisations of the famous « Agitata da due venti », the young singer also knows how to bend her voice to the long phrases of « Sposa son disprezzata » of Bajazet. His interpretation ofAlcina brings out all the velvety, heady qualities of a naturally round, warm timbre (...) Masterfully accompanied by the musicians of the Concert de L'Hostel Dieu, conducted by Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Blandine de Sansal is clearly a favourite child of the Froville Festival, and we look forward to hearing her again in the years to come.

Avec le soutien de la SPEDIDAM


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