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date: 22 February 2020

Astartolocked

  • Lowell Lindgren

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Dramma per musica in three acts by Giovanni Bononcini to a libretto by Paolo Antonio Rolli after Apostolo Zeno and Pietro Pariati ’s libretto of the same title (1708); Rome, Teatro Capranica, January 1715 (revised, London, King’s Theatre, 19 November 1720).

Elisa (soprano castrato), Queen of Tyre, loves her admiral Clearco (alto castrato) and is ready to marry him. Their union is opposed by Fenicio (alto castrato), supposed father of Clearco, Agenore (tenor), who loves Elisa, and Sidonia (soprano castrato), who loves Clearco rather than Nino (soprano castrato). Only Fenicio knows that Clearco is really Astarto, the son of the king who was slain when Elisa’s father usurped the throne. Clearco learns his true identity near the end of Act 2, and in the end reveals his identity to all and is united with Elisa.

The Roman libretto includes intermezzos at the end of the first two acts, but they are not in the only extant score (in ...

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