|Story of Griselda in the Spalliera panels from Siena, c1490|
As its name implies Opera Settecento specialises in baroque opera, and was set up to cast young singers alongside more established names. The musical director is Thomas Foster, with Miranda Jackson as artistic director. Griselda has a strong cast with Hilary Summers in the title role, plus Andrew Watts, Erica Eloff, Ronan Busfield, Kiandra Howarth and Tom Verney. The title role was written for a protege of Vivaldi's whose acting was more inspiring than her singing, and it is the other roles who have the spectacular arias. In fact the role of Ottone (sung her by Erica Eloff) was so complex that Vivaldi simplified one of the arias. For this production, Foster is using a new critical edition which means we get to hear all the complex arias.
Further information from the Cadogan Hall website.