Today, March 4th, is Antonio Vivaldi’s 338th birthday! To celebrate, I wanted to share one of my very favorite pieces of music – by him or by any composer – and one which does not appear in The Violinist of Venice.

This aria, from Vivaldi’s opera Tito Manlio, is just gorgeous, beautiful and plaintive and sad, as you can hear for yourself. I’ve performed this aria a few times, and it is such a joy to sing.

Also in celebration of Vivaldi’s birthday, I am running a Twitter giveaway for a signed copy of The Violinist of Venice. See the tweet below for information.