The surviving second and third acts of Catone in Utica
, one of Metastasios most dramatic libretti, premiered in Verona in the spring of 1737 in a setting by Vivaldi, contain some of his finest, most mature, and most original arias, and are published here for the first time. They evince a potential dramatic intensity that makes us regret all the more the loss of the first act. Only one aria of Act I can be definitely recovered from a surviving opera, but the rest has now also been successfully reconstructed by Alessandro Ciccolini, whose intimate knowledge of Vivaldis working methods, combined with brilliant stylistic insight won universal acclaim for his work on Vivaldis Motezuma
and Ercole sul Termodoonte
. Ciccolini has also composed cadenzas and da capo variations for all the arias, published in an appendix.
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