Attilio Regolo (libretto by Metastasio) (‘Attilius Regulus’)
- Don Neville
Libretto by Pietro Metastasio, first set by Johann Adolf Hasse (1750, Dresden).
Regulus, the former Roman consul, who has been a prisoner in Carthage for five years, returns to Rome with the Carthaginian ambassador, Amilcare [Hamilcar], to discuss a possible exchange of prisoners, the first gesture in a move for peace. If Hamilcar’s offer is rejected, Regulus must return to Carthage to be executed. To save the honour of Rome, Regulus nevertheless counsels the Senate to reject the proposal....