With a flashy and catchy title like the "L'Olimpiade", Vivaldi was certainly vying for opera gold in terms of financial and musical success. And "L'Olimpiade" as an opera event is full of excitement and diversity. The arias and overtures are some of Vivaldi's personal best, and musical treasures. The monetary windfall is certainly Naïve's.
In the presto category, "Siam nave all'onde algenti" stands out at the top of the heap. Though in the role of Aminta, Laura Giordano got stuck with mostly recitative singing, she distinguished herself at the opportunity to sing this aria. Her coloratura and breath control are awesome and apt to the part. "Son qual per mare ignoto" is the other Giordano aria that just blooms as she sings it. Vivaldi would have delighted in approval of hearing her sing these arias so well. Her timbre is beautiful and diaphanous, her coloratura is vibrant, and her breath control again amazing.
In the largo category, Invernizzi and Prina make a duetto made in opera heaven singing "Ne' giorni tuoi felici" to perfection. Their note and tempo are flawless and so cohesive that their two voices fuse seamlessly in a solo.
Definitely in the allegro class, Mingardo peaked my interest in the contralto voice with her vigorous, very theatrical rendition of "Gemo e un punto e fremo". Her voice truly belongs to the stage!
Riccardo Novarro is awesome and capable to lead a tremor with "Non so donde viene".