104. L’incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)

Opera in prologue and 3 actsComposer: Claudio MonteverdiLibretto: Giovanni Francesco BusenelloFirst performed: Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice, 1643 carnival season LA FORTUNA [Fortune]SopranoAnna di ValerioLA VIRTÙ [Virtue]SopranoAnna RenziAMORE [Cupid]SopranoRabacchioNERONE [Nero], Roman EmperorCastrato sopranoStefano CostaPOPPEA, a most noble lady, mistress of Nero, raised by him to the seat of empireSopranoAnna di ValerioOTTAVIA, reigning Empress, who … Continue reading 104. L’incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)

103. Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi)

Opera in prologue and 5 (later 3) actsComposer: Claudio MonteverdiLibretto: Giacomo BaodaroFirst performed: Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice, 1639–1640 Carnival season L’HUMANA FRAGILITÀ [Human Frailty]Mezzo-soprano IL TEMPO [Time]Bass LA FORTUNA [Fortune]Soprano L’AMORE [Cupid]SopranoCostantino Manelli?PENELOPE, wife to UlisseMezzo-sopranoGiulia PaolelliERICLEA, Penelope’s nurseMezzo-soprano MELANTO, attendant to PenelopeSoprano EURIMACO, a servant to Penelope’s suitorsTenor NETTUNO [Neptune]BassFrancesco ManelliGIOVE [Jupiter]TenorGiovan Battista MarinoniCORO FAECI [Chorus of Phaeacians]Alto, … Continue reading 103. Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi)

57. La favola d’Orfeo (Claudio Monteverdi)

Favola in musica, in 5 actsComposer: Claudio MonteverdiLibretto: Alessandro StriggioFirst performed: Mantua, 1607 Carnival season LA MUSICA [Music]Mezzo-soprano castrato (en travesti) ORFEO [Orpheus]Tenor or high baritone EURIDICE [Eurydice]Mezzo-soprano castrato (en travesti) LA MESSAGGERA [The Messenger]Mezzo-soprano castrato (en travesti) LA SPERANZA [Hope]Mezzo-soprano castrato (en travesti) CARONTE [Charon]Bass PROSERPINA [Proserpine]Mezzo-soprano castrato (en travesti) PLUTONE [Pluto]Bass APOLLOTenor NINFA [Nymph]Mezzo-soprano castrato (en travesti) ECO [Echo]Tenor NINFE E PASTORI [Nymphs and … Continue reading 57. La favola d’Orfeo (Claudio Monteverdi)