Antonio Lucio Vivaldi 4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741) was an Italian[6] Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, impresario, and Roman Catholic priest. Born in Venice, the capital of the Venetian Republic, Vivaldi is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe, being paramount in the development of Johann Sebastian Bach's instrumental music. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other musical instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than fifty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as the Four Seasons.

Many of his compositions were written for the all-female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children. Vivaldi had worked as a Catholic priest for 18 months and was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna, hoping for royal support. However, the Emperor died soon after Vivaldi's arrival, and Vivaldi himself died in poverty less than a year later.

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  • Ercole su'l Termodonte (2006)

    Ercole su'l Termodonte by A.Vivaldi, from Spoleto Festival, performed at Teatro Caio Melisso, 2006. Directed by John Pascoe, conductor Alan Curtis, starring Filippo Mineccia, Diana, Maria Bartoli, Randall Scotting, Zachary Stains, Laura Cherici, Mary-Elen Nesi and Luca Dordolo. Performed in Itali...

  • Motezuma (2008)

    Motezuma by A.Vivaldi, from Teatro comunale di Ferrara, 2008. Directed by Stefano Vizioli, c conductor Alan Curtis, starring Vito Priante, Gemma Bertagnolli, Mary-ellen Nesi, Franziska Gottwald, Theodora Baka and Laura Cherici. Performed in Italian and subtitled in English, German, Spanish, Frenc...

  • Il Farnace (2013)

    Il Farnace by A.Vivaldi, from Opera di Firenze, 2013. Directed by Marco Gandini, conductor Federico Maria Sardelli, starring Delphine Galou, Sonia Prina, Roberta Mameli, Carmelo Galati, Mary-ellen Nesi, Loriana Castellano, Magnus Staveland, Emanuele D’aguanno and Carlo Riccioli. Performed in Ita...

  • L'incoronazione di Dario (2017)

    L'incoronazione di Dario by A.Vivaldi, from Teatro Regio di Torino, 2017. Directed by Leo Muscato, conductor Ottavio Dantone, starring Delphine Galou, Sara Mingardo, Riccardo Novaro, Lucia Cirillo, Roberta Mameli, Veronica Cangemi, Carlo Allemano, Romina Tomasoni, Cullen Gandy. Performed in Itali...

  • Orlando furioso (2017)

    Orlando furioso by A.Vivaldi, from Festival della Valle d'Itria, performed at Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca, 2017. Directed by Fabio Ceresa, conductor Diego Fasolis, starring Riccardo Novaro, Sonia Prina, Michela Antenucci, Lucia Cirillo, Loriana Castellano, Konstantin Derri, Luigi Schifano. Su...

  • Great Arias - Marylin Horne - Orlando Furioso - "Sorge l'irato nembo" (1990)

    Great Arias Marilyn Horne - Orlando Furioso: "Sorge l'irato nembo", by A. Vivaldi, from San Francisco Opera, 1990. Conductor Randall Behr, starring Marilyn Horne (Orlando), Jeffrey Gall (Ruggioera)