The Accademia Byzantina presents Vivaldi's Il Tamerlano at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona

The Byzantine Academy

The next 30 of May, the famous Italian ensemble led by harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone will perform The Tamerlane or the north of Bajazet [RV 703], Vivaldi (1678-1741) in the Palau de la Música Catalana. The Byzantine Academy will present this musical tragedy in three acts with a libretto by Agostino Piovene premiered at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona during the Carnival of 1735 with the same cast with which he made the recording of this work for The Vivaldi Edition of the Naïve Classique record label: baritone Bruno Taddia (Bajazet), countertenor Filippo Mineccia (Tamerlano), la contralto Delphine Galou (Asteria), mezzo-soprano Sophie Rennert (Irene), the mezzo-soprano Marina de Liso (Andronicus) and the soprano Arianna Vendittelli (Idaspe).

After the success achieved in various Italian theaters (Ravenna, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Modena and Lucca) with a new production The Tamerlane signed by Stefano Monti, the Accademia Byzantina and Ottavio Dantone arrive at the “Palau Ópera” cycle, with a concert version of this mess, featuring music from a variety of composers. "The genre of mess It was a very popular genre at the time., because being a creation with several hands, presents a great musical and stylistic variety. further, brought together the most popular arias that the public of the time liked, and it was a high level art form. In The Tamerlane, we can appreciate a marked characterization of the characters; for example, Vivaldi writes the arias of the good characters like Bajazet and his daughter Asteria, while Hasse, Giacomelli and Broschi, the other composers of this mess, they take care of the negative characters”, Ottavio Dantone notes, artistic and musical director since 1996 of the Ravenna-based Italian ensemble.

Clip of "Il Tamerlano" de Vivaldi with Byzantine Academy and Ottavio Dantone:

With a completely renewed image, that bets on audiovisual and interactive content, the Accademia Byzantina Orchestra is celebrating forty years of activity, with numerous concerts and recording projects, in which he continues to show off his characteristic interpretive philosophy based on the rigorous study of the rhetorical and aesthetic codes of the time to transmit to today's public the emotions of the music of the past..