Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


School of Music

Document Type



This paper provides an analysis of select compositional tools found in chosen arias from Antonio Vivaldi’s lesser-known operas, Ottone in Villa RV 729, Arsilda, Regina di Ponto RV 700, and Farnace RV 711. It aims to illuminate Vivaldi’s exploration of human emotions and relationships through his music. The research focuses on select arias from each opera, emphasizing Vivaldi’s compositional style, use of sequential patterns, development of harmonic shifts in the music, and the inclusion of the Lombardic rhythm. In addition, commentary is included regarding the application of modal principles, and rhythmic speech patterns. The study also offers historical context and insights from a singer’s perspective, intending to draw attention to these overlooked works. The paper concludes by highlighting the storylines of the libretto and the confusing relationships between the characters discovered in Vivaldi’s operas. Included is commentary asserting their value as both study and training tools for singers due to their demonstration and discovery of Vivaldi’s compositional style of writing for opera. This research contributes to a broader understanding of Vivaldi’s operatic oeuvre and its significance in vocal studies.



Committee Chair

Bade, Lori