Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso - Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano); Blandine Staskiewicz (mezzo-soprano); Jennifer Larmore (mezzo-soprano); Lorenzo Regazzo (bass baritone); Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto); Philippe Jaroussky (counter tenor); Veronica Cangemi (soprano)
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  1. Orlando furioso, opera in 3 acts, RV 728
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Diving into Vivaldi's Orlando furioso with Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Matheus Ensemble, and a shockingly good cast is enough to make even the most jaded listener smile. It is fresh, unrelentingly impressive, and entertaining to a fault. The opera is over-plotted: the first paragraph of the synopsis is enough to confuse anyone not taking notes. And listening to the entire thing would amount to more flowery, athletic vocalism than most can stand in one sitting. But those with the remotest interest in Vivaldi opera, or opera at ...