Badoaro [Badoer, Badoero, Badovero], Giacomo [Iacopo]
- Thomas Walker
(b Venice, 1602; d Venice, 1654). Italian librettist. He was a member of the Venetian nobility. He wrote a great deal of verse in Italian and in Venetian dialect and had an extensive poetic exchange with G.F. Busenello. His reputation as a librettist rests on Monteverdi's supposed predilection for his work in his Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (1640) and Le nozze d'Enea in Lavinia (1641). The latter text, however, is by another (unidentified) poet, as its printed scenario makes clear. Badoaro's next libretto, L'Ulisse errante (1644, music by Sacrati), also drew on the Odyssey; each of its five acts presents an independent episode of Ulysses' adventure. The deliberate, even selfconscious rejection of Aristotelian unity of action may have been inspired by Giacomo Torelli, who created sets and machinery for the production. Chronicles of Venetian opera also attribute to Badoaro Helena rapita da Theseo...