La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (Francesca Caccini) – dossier

LA LIBERAZIONE DI RUGGIERO DALL’ISOLA D’ALCINA

Commedia in musica: Prologue and 4 scenes

Composer: Francesca Caccini

Libretto: Ferdinando Saracinelli, based on Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso

First performed: Villa di Poggio Imperiale, Florence, 3 February 1625

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STRUCTURE

Sinfonia

PROLOGO

At sea

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  • Neptune
  • River Vistula
  • Chorus of Water Deities
  • Neptune, Chorus of Water Deities

SCENE I

At Sea

  • Sinfonia
  • Melissa, on a Dolphin, approaches the island of Alcina

 

SCENE II

On Alcina’s island

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  • Alcina & Ruggiero, with Chorus of 6 Damsels
  • Damsels, Ruggiero
  • A Shepherd & Ruggiero
  • A Siren & Ruggiero
  • Melissa & Ruggiero
  • Enchanted Plants, Ruggiero & Melissa
  • [Alcina returns] The Chorus of Damsels & Alcina
  • Oreste (Messenger), Alcina & Damsels
  • Alcina, Damsels & Ruggiero
  • Ruggiero & Melissa

 

SCENE III

On Alcina’s island

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  • Alcina, Chorus of Monsters
  • Astolfo, Melissa, & Alcina

 

SCENE IV

On Alcina’s island

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  • Melissa
  • A formerly-Enchanted Lady, Melissa
  • Chorus of newly-liberated Knights
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