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date: 25 September 2020

Semiramide riconosciuta (libretto by Metastasio) [Semiramide] (‘Semiramis Recognized’)locked

  • Don Neville

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[Semiramide] (‘Semiramis Recognized’)

Libretto by Pietro Metastasio, first set by Leonardo Vinci (1729, Rome).

Scitalce, an Indian prince, masquerading under the name of Idreno, won the love of the Egyptian princess, Semiramide, with whom he eloped. He made an attempt on her life, however, when Sibari, also in love with her, suggested that she was unfaithful. Surviving the ordeal, Semiramide made her way to Assyria where she became the wife of Nino, the king; upon his death, she disguised herself as their son and heir, also named Nino, and now rules Assyria.

Act 1 Sibari has arrived in Babylon to witness Tamiri, princess of Bactria, select a consort from among three contenders: Ircano, a Scythian prince; Scitalce, the Indian prince; and Mirteo, a prince from Egypt, raised in Bactria, and brother of Semiramide (whom he believes dead). Although Semiramide and Scitalce recognize each other, both remain silent; but when Tamiri shows a clear preference for Scitalce, the disguised queen is quick to postpone an official announcement. Meanwhile, Sibari learns that, although his position as a rival for Semiramide remains unknown to Scitalce, the letter he wrote accusing her of infidelity is still in Scitalce’s possession. When Semiramide urges Mirteo and Ircano to plead their cases more strongly with Tamiri, the latter resolves instead to murder Scitalce....

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