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date: 23 September 2020

Solimano (libretto by Migliavacca) (‘Suleyman’)locked

  • Jennifer Griesbach

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(‘Suleyman’)

Libretto by Giovanni Ambrogio Migliavacca , first set by J. A. Hasse (1753, Dresden).

Suleyman, the Turkish emperor, has sent his two sons to wage war against Persia. The mother of Osmino [Osmin] wants him to inherit the throne rather than his half-brother Selimo [Selim], the legitimate heir. She and Rusteno intrigue against Selim, until Suleyman, suspicious, confronts Selim in Persia. Meanwhile, the brothers have fallen in love with their prisoners, Narsea and Emira, daughters of Tacmante, the Persian king; they want to end the war and get married. Selim confesses his love for Narsea to his father, who tries to separate the pair. Rusteno produces a letter in which Selim asks Tacmante for Narsea’s hand in return for a military alliance against Suleyman; angered, Suleyman orders Selim’s death. Osmin refuses to believe that Selim was a traitor and discovers that Rusteno wrote the letter himself. Acomate appears with Selim, announcing that a slave died in Selim’s place. Suleyman promises peace and blesses the lovers’ alliances....

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