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The reconstruction of Vivaldi's great dramatic opera is now available as a full score, libretto, and vocal score, along with aria variations.

Catone in Utica, Antonio Vivaldi's 1737 opera with one of the most dramatic libretti by Pietro Metastasio, contains some of Vivaldi's finest, most mature, and most original arias. They evince a potential dramatic intensity that makes us more deeply regret the loss of the first act. Only one aria of Act I can be definitely recovered from a surviving opera, but the rest of Act I has now also been successfully reconstructed by Alessandro Ciccolini, whose intimate knowledge of Vivaldi’s working methods and brilliant stylistic insight won universal acclaim for his work on Vivaldi’s Motezuma and Ercole sul Termodoonte. Ciccolini has also composed cadenzas and da capo variations for all the arias, published separately.

The full opera is published for the first time in this critical edition by the late Baroque expert Alan Curtis. The full score, vocal score, libretto, and aria variations bring Vivaldi's dramatic opera to life in a way never before accesible to modern musicians and performers. These four additions to Il Complesso Barocco Edition are landmark publications of Baroque repertoire.


[For his completion,] Alessandro Ciccolini, who, mindful that Vivaldi frequently adapted vocal music for his instrumental works and vice versa, has composed the missing passages using themes from the concertos as his starting point. His arias dovetail beautifully with Vivaldi's scheme of things... (The Guardian)

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