L'arbore di Diana

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L'arbore di Diana (The Tree of Diana), is an opera in two acts composed by Vicente Martín y Soler, with an original libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. It premiered at the court theatre in Vienna on 1 October 1787.

Background and performance history[edit]

Da Ponte's librettos for L'arbore di Diana and Così fan tutte were the only ones of his not taken from an existing plot. The opera's premiere on 1 October 1787 marked the wedding of Joseph II's niece, the Archduchess Maria Teresa to Prince Anton Clemens of Saxony.[1] The work was enormously successful in its day, but Martín's operas have since fallen from the repertoire. A revival was performed during the 2007/2008 season at the Theater Bielefeld in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany.[2] The opera was revived and recorded in Valencia in 2008 at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía and in Barcelona in 2009 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Roles[edit]

L'Arbore di Diana, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 2009
Role Voice type Premiere Cast
1 October 1787[3]
Amore soprano Luisa Laschi-Mombelli
Diana soprano Anna Bosello-Marichelli
Doristo bass Stefano Mandini
Endimione tenor Vincenzo Calvesi
Silvio tenor Nicolò del Sole
Britomarte soprano
Chloe contralto
Clizia mezzo-soprano

Recordings[edit]

Score[edit]

L'arbore di Diana, critical edition by Leonardo Waisman, IBERAUTOR/ICCMU. Madrid, 2001. ISBN 84-8048-379-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holden, p.95
  2. ^ Operabase Diary: Bielefeld
  3. ^ Premiere cast from Casaglia (2005)