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date: 09 July 2020

Trionfo di Clelia, Il (libretto by Metastasio) (‘The Triumph of Cloelia’)locked

  • Don Neville

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(‘The Triumph of Cloelia’)

Libretto by Pietro Metastasio, first set by Johann Adolf Hasse (1762, Vienna).

In league with Tarquinio [Tarquinius, Tarquin], who seeks restoration to the throne, Porsenna [Porsena], King of the Etruscans, lays siege to Rome. The Romans, however, obtain a truce and, as a sign of their good faith, present Porsena with a group of young hostages, among whom is the noblewoman Cloelia.

Cloelia, betrothed to Orazio [Horatius], the Roman ambassador, refuses Tarquinius when he offers her both throne and marriage, reminding him that the throne is not his to give and that he is already promised to Larissa, daughter of Porsena. Learning from Larissa that Porsena knows nothing of Tarquinius’s duplicity, Cloelia begs Horatius to flee with her, but soon realizes that such an action would betray Rome. She is comforted, however, to learn from Mannio [Manius], Prince of the Veientes and in love with Larissa, that he is bent on proving Tarquinius’s unworthiness. When negotiations between Horatius and Porsena fail, Tarquinius plays upon the ambassador’s patriotism by offering to relinquish all claims to the throne in exchange for Cloelia....

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