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  • Anthony Hicks

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Opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel to a libretto by Paolo Antonio Rolli; London, Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre, 10 January 1741.

Deidamia was Handel’s last opera. He completed the autograph score on 20 November 1740, though new settings of three of the arias for Neraea (sung by Maria Monza) were probably composed later. Achilles was written for Miss Edwards (later Mrs Mozeen), Deidamia for Elisabeth Duparc (‘La Francesina’), Ulysses for the castrato Giovanni Andreoni and the bass roles for Henry Reinhold (Lycomedes) and William Savage (Phoenix). Like its companion ...

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