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  • Anthony Hicks

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Opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel to a libretto by Paolo Antonio Rolli based on Francesco Silvani ’s La costanza in trionfo (1696, Venice, as revised for Livorno, 1706); London, King’s Theatre, 9 December 1721.

Floridante was the first new opera of the Royal Academy of Music’s third London season. The roles of Floridante and Timante were sung by the castratos Senesino and Berselli, Elmira by the contralto Anastasia Robinson and Rossane by Maddalena Salvai. (Handel first intended Elmira to be sung by the soprano Margherita Durastanti and Rossane by Robinson; he composed Act 1 and most of Act 2 before inverting the voice ranges of these roles.)...

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