123. Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Handel)

Dramma per musico in 3 actsComposer: George Frideric HandelLibretto: Niccolò Francesco Haym after Giacomo Francesco BussaniFirst performed: King's Theater, Haymarket, London, 20 February 1724 GIULIO CESARE [Julius Caesar]Alto castratoFrancesco Bernardini (“Senesino”)CLEOPATRA, Queen of EgyptSopranoFrancesca CuzzoniTOLOMEO, her brother, King of EgyptAlto castratoGaetano BerenstadtCORNELIA, widow of PompeyContraltoAnastasia RobinsonSESTO, her stepsonSoprano (en travesti)Margherita DurastantiACHILLA, Tolomeo’s generalBassGiuseppe Maria BoschiCURIO, … Continue reading 123. Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Handel)

112. Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)

Opera in a prologue and 3 actsComposer: Henry PurcellLibretto: Nahum Tate, after Virgil's ÆneidFirst performed: 1680s, after Blow's Venus and Adonis DIDO, Queen of CarthageSoprano or mezzo-soprano BELINDA, Dido’s sister and handmaidLight soprano SECOND WOMAN, another handmaidenSoprano or mezzo-soprano ÆNEAS, Trojan princeTenor or high baritone SORCERESS / SORCERERMezzo-soprano, contralto, countertenor, or bass Two WITCHES / ENCHANTRESSESMezzo-sopranoes Spirit, in form of MercurySoprano … Continue reading 112. Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)

111. Venus and Adonis (Blow)

Masque for the King's Entertainment, in a prologue and 3 actsFirst performed: circa 1683Composer: John BlowLibretto: Unknown, possibly Anne Kingsmill CUPIDSoprano Lady Mary TudorVENUSSopranoMary (Moll) DaviesADONISBaritone SHEPHERDContralto or countertenor SHEPHERDESSSoprano HUNTSMANContralto or countertenor Cupids, shepherds & shepherdesses, huntsmen, & courtiersChorus  ★★★ Opera in England began in the court of Charles II, the merry monarch who reopened theatres and restored enjoyment … Continue reading 111. Venus and Adonis (Blow)