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Ipermestra (‘Hypermnestra’)locked

  • Don Neville

Extract

Libretto by Pietro Metastasio, first set by Johann Adolf Hasse (1744, Vienna).

Act 1 Danao [Danaus], King of Argos, is informed by an oracle that he will lose his life at the hands of a son of Aegyptus. He therefore commands his daughter, Hypermnestra, betrothed to Linceo [Lynceus], a son of Aegyptus, to murder him on their wedding night; but, unable to commit such a crime, Hypermnestra decides to reject Lynceus. Told of this action by Adrasto [Adrastus], his confidant, Danaus condemns his daughter, who still refuses Lynceus when next she meets him....

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