|George Frideric Handel|
Muzio Scevola (Mucius Scaevola, HWV 13) is an opera in three acts about Gaius Mucius Scaevola. The Italian-language libretto was by Paolo Antonio Rolli, adapted from a text by Silvio Stampiglia. The music for the first act was composed by Filippo Amadei (family name sometimes given as Mattei), the second act by Giovanni Bononcini, and the third by George Frideric Handel. Collaborations of groups of composers were common in the 18th century, though this is the only one done in London. Bononcini had written the music for two earlier treatments of this story on his own, works dating from 1695 and 1710.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 15 April 1721
|Fidalma||soprano||Maria Maddalena Salvai|
|Clelia (Cloelia)||soprano||Margherita Durastanti|
|Tarquinio (Lucius Tarquinius)||soprano (en travesti)||Caterina Galerati|
|Irene, daughter of Porsena||contralto||Anastasia Robinson|
|Orazio (Horatius Cocles)||soprano castrato||Matteo Berselli|
|Muzio Scevola||alto castrato||Francesco Bernardi "Senesino"|
|Porsena, King of Etruria||bass||Giuseppe Maria Boschi|
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- W.H.C. (no full name given), Muzio Scevola (July 1, 1890). The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular, 31 (569): pp. 399-400.
- Ford, Anthony, "Music and Drama in the Operas of Giovanni Bononcini" (1974-1975). Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association, 101: pp. 107-120.
- Smith, Richard Langham, Reviews of Teseo, Siroe, and Muzio Scevola (1993). The Musical Times, 134 (1800): p. 97.
- Amadeus Almanac
- Dean, Winton; Knapp, J. Merrill (1987), Handel's Operas, 1704-1726, Clarendon Press, ISBN 0-19-315219-3 The first of the two volume definitive reference on the operas of Handel
- Muzio Scevola by Anthony Hicks, in 'The New Grove Dictionary of Opera', ed. Stanley Sadie (London, 1992) ISBN 0-333-73432-7