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Celos aun del aire matan (‘Jealousy, Even of the Air, Kills’)locked

  • Louise K. Stein

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Opera in three acts by Juan Hidalgo to a libretto by Pedro Calderón de la Barca; Madrid, Salón of the Palacio Real, ? 5 December 1660.

The earliest Spanish opera whose music is preserved, it was commissioned for the Spanish celebration of the marriage of the Infanta María Teresa and Louis XIV of France. Dramatist and composer based the opera on the myth of Cephalus and Procris, modifying and interpreting the myth as it was known in their day to suit contemporary political events. The choice of fully sung opera, unusual in 17th-century Spain, was motivated by the importance of the celebrations and by rivalry with the French court, where Mazarin was planning Italian operas. ...

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