|George Frideric Handel|
Lotario (Lothair, HWV 26) is an opera seria in three acts written for the Royal Academy of Music (1719) by George Frideric Handel. The Italian-language libretto was adapted from Antonio Salvi's Adelaide.
The opera was first given at the King's Theatre in London on 2 December 1729. Paolo Rolli commented in a letter at the time to Giuseppe Riva that "everyone thinks it a very bad opera". There were 10 performances, but it was not repeated. Handel later reused pieces in later operas. The first modern production was by Unicorn Theatre at the Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames, 3 September 1975.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 2 December 1729
|Adelaide||soprano||Anna Maria Strada del Pò|
|Lotario||alto castrato||Antonio Maria Bernacchi|
|Berengario, Duke of Spoleto||tenor||Annibale Pio Fabri, called "Balino"|
|Matilde, Berengario's wife||contralto||Antonia Merighi|
|Idelberto, Berengario's son||contralto||Francesca Bertolli|
|Clodomiro, Berengario's general||bass||Johann Gottfried Riemschneider|
- Streatfeild, R.A. (1917). "Handel, Rolli, and Italian Opera in London in the Eighteenth Century". The Musical Quarterly III (3): 428–445. doi:10.1093/mq/III.3.428. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
- 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