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Olimpiade, L’ (libretto by Metastasio) (‘The Olympiad’)locked

  • Don Neville

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Libretto by pietro Metastasio , first set by Antonio Caldara (1733, Vienna).

Megacle [Megacles] arrives in Sicyon just in time to enter the Olympic Games under the name of Licida [Lycidas], a friend who once saved his life. Unknown to Megacles, Lycidas is in love with Aristea [Aristaea], whose hand is to be offered to the winner of the games by her father, King Clistene [Cleisthenes]. Lycidas, once betrothed to Princess Argene of Crete, is unaware that Megacles and Aristaea already love each other, and he subsequently tells his friend of the prize. Aristaea and Megacles greet each other fondly, but Megacles now feels bound by his promise to compete as Lycidas. Meanwhile Argene arrives in Olympia disguised as a shepherdess, to win back Lycidas....

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