Europa Galante / Vivaldi

L'Oracolo in Messenia

20 February 2015 / 19:00

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Vivaldi’s dazzling Venetian carnival opera, in a concert performance by the artists who rescued it from three centuries of obscurity.

A brilliant carnival opera by one of history’s most popular composers – yet incredibly, Vivaldi’s L’Oracolo in Messenia had to wait until 2011 to be rediscovered and reconstructed by Fabio Biondi. Biondi’s recording was described by the Guardian as 'witty, sexy and full of pathos'; with a hand-picked cast, this should be revelatory.

Vivaldi’s place in the modern concert hall has long been assured; but if he’s also reclaiming his place on the operatic stage, that’s in no small part due to Fabio Biondi. Biondi has already reconstructed two Vivaldi operas, and L’Oracolo in Messenia is the latest - a mythological pasticcio assembled by Vivaldi from his own works for the 1738 Venice carnival. It’s a stunning piece of musical detective work; but the opera itself simply demands to be heard and with a cast that includes Julia Lezhneva and Vivica Genaux, and Europa Galante accompanying, it could hardly receive more wholehearted advocacy.

Programme & Performers

Vivaldi L’Oracolo in Messenia*
*Concert performance

Europa Galante
Fabio Biondi
Magnus Staveland Polifonte
Marianne B. Kielland Merope
Vivica Genaux Epitide
Marina De Liso Emira
Julia Lezhneva Trasimede
Franziska Gottwald Licisco
Rupert Enticknap Anassandro

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This event is part of:
Barbican Presents 2014–2015

Produced by the Barbican


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