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
- Chœur Collegium Vocale 1704
- Orchestre Collegium 1704
Friday 23 June 2017 – 8 PM
Sunday 25 June 2017 – 3 PM
After more than three years of restoration work, the Queen’s State Apartment is being reopened to the public, providing a great opportunity to revisit three of the Palace of Versailles’ key female characters: Marie-Antoinette, who lived in the Queen’s State Apartment, Marie Leszczynska and Madame de Maintenon.