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Ciro riconosciuto (‘Cyrus Recognized’)locked

  • Don Neville


Libretto by Pietro Metastasio, first set by Antonio Caldara (1736, Vienna).

It was foretold that Astiage [Astyages], King of Media, would lose his throne to a descendant; consequently he exiled his son-in-law, Cambise [Cambyses], and ordered that his grandson, Cyrus, should be killed by Arpago [Harpagus], his adviser. Pitying the infant, Harpagus left him with the shepherd Mitridate [Mithridates] who raised Cyrus as his son, Alceo [Alcaeus]. 15 years later, when Harpagus confessed, his own son was executed....

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