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Vivaldi’s opera Farnace first appeared during the 1727 carnival season in Venice. An instant hit, it subsequently enjoyed success in Prague, Pavia, Mantua and Treviso, each time undergoing a revision by the composer. Th e final version in 1739 is incomplete due to the sudden and devastating decision by the Teatro Bonocossi to cancel the scheduled performances in favour of Attalo, by Johann Adolf Hasse, who was ‘now the man of the moment’. In this reconstructed version, director Diego Fasolis and his team breathe life and vigour into the turbulent plot. Max Emanuel Cencic is gutsy, while colourful, imaginative orchestral touches from trumpets, oboes, even horns are supported by a suitably flamboyant continuo section.

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