Anima del filosofo, L’ [L’anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice (‘The Spirit of the Philosopher, or Orpheus and Eurydice’)]
- Mary Hunter
Dramma per musica in four or five acts by Joseph Haydn to a libretto by Carlo Francesco Badini; Florence, 9 May 1951.
This opera, commissioned by Johann Peter Salomon in 1791 for the reopening of the King’s Theatre in the Haymarket, London, was never performed in Haydn’s lifetime. The project fell through when George III denied a licence to Sir John Gallini, the impresario of the theatre, and no other arrangements were made to stage the work. It is not certain whether the opera is complete. The sources indicate only four acts, but Haydn’s letter of ...