Adriano in Siria (‘Hadrian in Syria’)
- Don Neville
Libretto by pietro Metastasio , first set by Antonio Caldara (1732, Vienna). The title Farnaspe was used for a later version of this libretto
In Antioch, the Emperor Hadrian has conquered the Parthian king Osroa [Osroes] and, in spite of being betrothed to Sabina, a Roman noblewoman, has fallen in love with Emirena, Osroes’ daughter. He has invited several Asian princes to Antioch, but his invitation to Osroes is refused. Osroes, however, has come in disguise, as a follower of Farnaspe [Pharnaspes], the Parthian prince to whom Emirena is betrothed....