(‘The Shepherd King’)
Pietro Metastasio, first set by Giuseppe Bonno (1751, Schönbrunn).
Alessandro [Alexander], King of Macedonia, has freed Sidon from the tyrant, Straton, and wants to restore the rightful heir to the throne. He and the Sidonian nobleman Agenore [Agenor] approach the shepherd, Aminta [Amyntas], and are impressed by the noble manner in which he declines their offers to improve his lot. Amyntas plans to marry the nymph Elisa and is content. Tamiri [Tamyris], daughter of the deposed Straton, has disguised herself as a shepherdess and is in hiding with Elisa. She is in love with Agenor but too proud to seek clemency from Alexander. Just as Amyntas is about to approach Elisa’s father for a marriage blessing, Agenor arrives and informs him that he is not a lowly shepherd, but Abdalonimo [Abdalonimus], the closest relative to the royal line of Sidon. He summons Amyntas/Abdalonimus to the presence of Alexander.