Dynamic, Ottavio Dantone, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torin, DVD, Antonio Vivaldi
Video Format/ Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9 Audio
Format: PCM 2.0 – Dolby digital 5.1 Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese and Korean
Region code: 0 – All regions
Recording date & place: April 2017 –Teatro Regio de Torina
Carlo Allemano (Dario), Sara Mingardo (Statira), Delphine Galou (Argene), Riccardo Novaro (Niceno), Roberta Mameli (Alinda), Lucia Cirillo (Oronte), Veronica Cangemi (Arpago), Romina Tomasoni (Flora) & Cullen Candy (Ombra di Ciro/Oracolo di Apollo)
Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torin, Ottavio Dantone
The plot of L’incoronazione di Dario (1717) revolves around three rival claimants to the throne of Persia. The shrewd lord Dario, the conceited nobleman Oronte and the gung-ho soldier Arpago agree to lay their arms aside and instead compete to woo the late king Cyrus’s eligible but amusingly naive daughter Statira – whose considerably smarter younger sister Argene wants Dario (and the throne) for herself. Vivaldi’s choice of a mischievous libretto that was already 33 years old was probably obscured because the Venetian public were promised ‘many masks and sumptuous costumes’.