Trionfo di Clelia, Il ( by Hasse) (‘The Triumph of Cloelia’)
- Eric D. Weimer
Opera seria in three acts by Johann Adolf Hasse to a libretto by Pietro Metastasio (see Trionfo di Clelia, Il , above); Vienna, Burgtheater, 27 April 1762.
The opera tells how the Roman noblewoman Cloelia (soprano), taken hostage by the Etruscan king Porsenna [Porsena] (tenor), regains her city’s liberty through patriotism, courage, faith and honesty. The other roles are those of Orazio [Horatius] (alto), the Roman ambassador; Larissa (soprano), Porsena’s daughter, secretly in love with Mannio [Manius] (soprano), Prince of the Veienti, but betrothed to Tarquinio [Tarquinius] (soprano), Cloelia’s lover....