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Orfeo(ii) [L’Orfeo] (‘Orpheus’)locked

  • Margaret Murata

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Tragicommedia in a prologue and three acts by Luigi Rossi to a libretto by Francesco Buti; Paris, Palais Royal, 2 March 1647.

From January 1647, after most of the Italian singers had joined the composer in Paris, the Queen Regent, the Prince of Wales and other courtiers heard Rossi’s compositions in several chamber performances. They were especially charmed by the singing of two young castratos from Rome, Marc’Antonio Sportonio and Domenico Dal Pane, both protégés of Rinaldo d’Este, the new Cardinal Protector of France. In ...

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