Tito Manlio

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Tito Manlio
Opera by Antonio Vivaldi
Probable portrait of Antonio Vivaldi, c. 1723
Librettist Matteo Noris
1719 (1719)
Teatro Arciducale, Mantua

Tito Manlio (Italian pronunciation:  [ˈtiːto ˈmanljo] ; RV 738) is an opera in three acts by Antonio Vivaldi, to a libretto by Matteo Noris. It was written in celebration of the marriage of Philip of Hesse-Darmstadt (1671–1736), [1] the governor of Mantua, which he had announced at Christmas. Vivaldi quickly composed the opera within five days. Whereas the wedding eventually did not take place at all, the opera was successfully premiered at the Teatro Arciducale ‘detto il Comico’ in Mantua during the carnival season of 1719. [2]



RoleVoice typePremiere Cast, [3]
Carnival 1719
Tito Manlio, Consul of Rome bass Giovanni Francesco Benedetti
Manlio, Titus's son soprano (en travesti)Margherita Gualandi
Decio, Roman captain contralto castrato Lorenzo Beretta
Lucio, a knightsoprano castratoGasparo Geri
Vitellia, Titus's daughtercontraltoTeresa Mucci
Geminio, latin captain tenor Giuseppe Pederzoli
Servilia, Manlius's fiancecontraltoAnna Ambreville
Lindo, Tito's servantbassGiovanni Battista Calvi


The opera is about the story of Titus Manlius Torquatus, consul of Rome and the conflict between him and the region of Latium.


• 1978 — Giancarlo Luccardi (Tito Manlio), Rose Wagemann (Manlio), Julia Hamari (Servilia), Birgit Finnilä (Vitellia), Margaret Marshall (Lucio), Domenico Trimarchi (Lindo), Norma Lerer (Decio), Claes H. Ahnsjö (Geminio) — Rundfunkchor Berlin, Berlin Chamber Orchestra, Vittorio Negri — 4 CD Philips Classics Records (recorded in 1978, remastered in 1990 on CD, it's regarded as the complete reference recording and was included in the Philips Vivaldi Edition)

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  3. Antonio Fanna, Giovanni Morelli (1988). Nuovi Studi Vivaldiani: Edizione E Cronologia Critica Delle Opere, Part 2. Florence: L.S. Olschki. p. 599.