Cupido [Der sich rächende Cupido (‘The Avenging Cupid’)]
- John H. Roberts
Musicalisches Schau-Spiel in three acts by Reinhard Keiser to a libretto by Johann Ulrich von König , partly after Francesco de Lemene ’s Endimione; Hamburg, Theater am Gänsemarkt, 9 July 1724.
The goddess Diana (soprano), sworn enemy of love, threatens with death any of her followers who succumb to it. To prove his power, Cupid (soprano) shoots her with one of his arrows, and she falls madly in love with Endimion [Endymion] (contralto), a beautiful young man she finds sleeping in the woods. Another arrow wounds her disciple Aurilla (soprano), who also develops a passion for Endymion, spurning the pleas of the lovesick Tirsis (bass). Endymion, however, has no interest in either lady and constantly searches for his lost love Dorinda. After various absurd misunderstandings, it is finally revealed that Dorinda is his dog. The ‘comic hunter’ Sylvano (tenor), having captured Cupid in his net like a bird, offers him to Diana, and Cupid persuades her to release him in exchange for making Endymion love her. Aurilla, previously turned into a tree by Diana for loving Endymion, is freed and happily united with Tirsis....