( Deidamia HWV 42) is an opera composed by George Frideric Handel. The Italian text was supplied by Paolo Antonio Rolli.
Performance history [ edit ]
The opera was first performed on 10 January 1741 at
Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, London. The opera received only three performances, at a time when the public was becoming tired of Italian opera. The work was Handel's last Italian opera, and he subsequently turned his attention to composing oratorios. The opera was revived in the 1950s and is occasionally staged. It has been recorded.
Premiere Cast, 10 January 1741
daughter of Licomede
Elisabeth Duparc ("La Francesina")
friend of Deidamia soprano
in women's dress, under the name of Pirra soprano
King of Ithaca, using the name Antiloco
mezzo-soprano castrato Giovanni Battista Andreoni
King of Argos
King of Skyros bass
Henry Theodore Reinhold
Synopsis [ edit ]
The opera is based upon the
Greek mythological character Deidamia, the daughter of King Lycomedes of Skyros, who bore a child by Achilles, as told in the stories of Achilles on Skyros.
References [ edit ]
Dean, Winton (2006), Handel's Operas, 1726-1741, Boydell Press, ISBN 1-84383-268-2 The second of the two volume definitive reference on the operas of Handel
External links [ edit ]
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