- Marita P. McClymonds
Opera seria in three acts by Niccolò Jommelli to a libretto by Mattia Verazi , after Apostolo Zeno ’s Lucio Vero; Ludwigsburg, Schlosstheater, 11 February 1766.
Lucio Vero [Lucius Verus] (tenor) has defeated Vologeses (soprano castrato), King of Parthia, and has become enamoured of his fiancée, Berenice (soprano). Although betrothed to Lucilla (soprano), the daughter of the Roman co-emperor Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Verus is obsessed with securing the hand of Berenice. In Act 1, Vologeses is placed in an amphitheatre full of wild beasts but is saved by Berenice, who throws herself into the arena, forcing Lucius Verus to give Vologeses a sword in order to save her. Later (Act 3) Berenice is presented with a basin which is supposed to hold the head of her beloved. Lucius Verus offers her the crown and sceptre, but Vologeses arrives with his army. Lucius Verus relents, and the faithful couple are reunited....