Our group will be presenting our research in the form of a Powerpoint. Since we have focused on the work of Antonio Vivaldi, we will begin with some basic background information on his life and work (hopefully a fun fact will be included...). From here will discuss his famous works which predominantly occurred in the decade we have chosen to research (1713-1723). Vivaldi seems to be one of the founding fathers of Baroque Italian Opera, so we think it is important to uncover why he began to change the structure of Italian Opera as well as the historical context in which he composed.
Context means everything when it comes to theatre, so we will present on the cultural and political atmosphere of The Early Modern Period which began in 1713. In that same year, Antonio Vivaldi composed Arsilda, Regina di Ponto which was a controversial piece for many reasons. The period was dominated by transitions of power over Italy and we want to research where Vivaldi stood in all of it. How did it influence his work? Did he support Austrian control over Italy? After we discuss the plot and controversy surrounding his opera, as well as individuals such as Domenico Lalli (his Librettist), whom he worked with, we will provide our classmates with a visual aid. Hopefully this will be an audio or video example of Arsilda. At the end of our presentation (or perhaps throughout) we want to involve our classmates by asking them to read slides and answer discussion questions. However, this will not be a strategy to fill time since quite often crickets are heard when questions are asked during group presentations...
1.5 Fun Fact on Vivaldi
3.Baroque Italian Opera (Changes it underwent until Vivaldi stepped in)
4.Historical (Early Modern Period, foreign rule, impact on Baroque and Vivaldi)
5.Arsilda, Regina di Ponto
6.Controversy (why?) as well as Domenico Lalli (Librettist) and their partnership
7.Media Clip (specific so as not to waste time)
8.Insert discussion questions throughout to involve classmates but not to fill time.