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date: 28 May 2020

Wüste Insel, Die(i) (‘The Desert Island’)locked

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(‘The Desert Island’)

Singspiel in one act by Joseph Schuster to a libretto by August Gottlieb Meissner after Pietro Metastasio ’s L’isola disabitata (1753); Leipzig, Theater am Rannstädter Tor, 30 September 1779.

Meissner made his translation os Metastasio’s azione teatrale after tiring of adapting French comic opera texts for German composers. As with other German operas of a Metastasian stamp, the recitative is kep as verse (rather than turned into spoken dialogue), but Meissner rewrote several arias that he felt had been written with the composer rather than poetic style in mind. Schusters through-composed setting may have been the one used at a performance in German at Pressburg (...

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