Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Birthday, Antonio Vivaldi

Ildebrando d'Arcangelo & Antonio Vivaldi

The "Red Priest" was born on this day in 1678, so we thought we'd celebrate with this wonderful video of Italian barihunk Ildebrando d'Arcangelo recording "Dov'e la figlia?" from the opera Bajazet.

Vivaldi claimed to have composed 94 operas. Fewer than 50 titles have been identified, of which the scores of 20 or so operas survive, wholly or in part.

Ildebrando d'Arcangelo can next be seen at the current center of barihunk performances, the Vienna State Opera, performing Don Giovanni. Performances run from April 30-May 11. 

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