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Olimpiade, L’ (‘The Olympiad’)(ii)locked

  • Dale E. Monson

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Opera seria in three acts by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi to a libretto by Pietro Metastasio ( see Olimpiade, L’ , above); Rome, Teatro Tordinona, ?2 January 1735.

Pergolesi’s setting of L’olimpiade was the most popular version before Galuppi’s (1747, Milan), attested by the unusually large transmission of over 20 complete manuscript copies. Following Roman practice, the text was performed largely uncut, except for the choruses, which were omitted, and a few lines of recitative were added in Act 3 scene vi. The fact that several arias were borrowed from Pergolesi’s ...

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