ⓘ Ipermestra (Mysliveček)

                                     

ⓘ Ipermestra (Myslivecek)

LIpermestra is an 18th-century Italian opera in 3 acts by the Czech composer Josef Myslivecek composed to the libretto Ipermestra by the Italian poet Metastasio first set by Hasse in 1744. This opera belong to the serious type in Italian language referred to as opera seria.

                                     

1. Performance history

The opera was first performed at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence on 17 March 1769. Florence had been a frequent stopping-place for Myslivecek after he arrived in Italy from Prague in 1763, but LIpermestra was the first dramatic work that he succeeded in getting produced there. Later there would be two other operas Motezuma in 1771 and Adriano in Siria in 1776 and three oratorios. The production was graced with the presence of the great German tenor Anton Raaff, a close friend and professional associate of the composer who contributed greatly to the success of Mysliveceks break-through opera, Il Bellerofonte of 1767. LIpermestra was first revived in modern times in a concert version performed in Brno in 1970, then a staged version in the same city performed in 1986.

                                     

2. Vocal Set Pieces

Act I, scene 1 - Aria of Elpinice, "Abbiam penato, e ver" Act I, scene 2 - Aria of Danano, "Pensa che figlia sei" Act I, scene 3 - Aria of Ipermestra, "Ah, non parlar damore" Act I, scene 4 - Aria of Linceo, "Di pena sì forte" Act I, scene 6 - Aria of Plistene, "Ma rendi pur contento" Act I, scene 9 - Aria of Ipermestra, "Se pietà da voi non trovo" Act I, scene 10 - Aria of Linceo, "Io non pretendo, o stelle"

Act II, scene 1 - Aria of Adrasto, "Pria di lasciar la sponda" Act II, scene 2 - Aria of Danao, "Non hai cor per unimpresa" Act II, scene 3 - Aria of Ipermestra, "Se il mio duol, se i mali miei" Act II, scene 5 - Aria of Linceo, "Gonfio tu vedi il fiume" Act II, scene 6 - Aria of Plistene, "Vuoi chio lasci, o mio tesoro"

                                     
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