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Isis(ii)locked

  • Lois Rosow

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Tragédie en musique in a prologue and five acts by Jean-Baptiste Lully (see Lully family, §1) to a libretto by Quinault, Philippe after Ovid’s Metamorphoses; St Germain-en-Laye, court, 5 January 1677.

The story of Isis is set entirely in pastoral and divine realms; there are no mortal heroes or worldly kingdoms here. Jupiter (baritone) courts the nymph Io (soprano). The jealous Junon [Juno] (soprano) imprisons Io under the hundred watchful eyes of Argus (baritone). Mercure [Mercury] (...

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