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Aminta is a play written by Torquato Tasso in 1573, represented during a garden party at the court of Ferrara. Both the actors and the public were noble persons living at the Court, who could understand subtle allusions the poet made to that style of life, in contrast with the life of shepherds, represented in an idyllic way.
The story is about Aminta's love for the beautiful nymph Silvia, who does not return his attentions and prefers hunting. She risks rape at the hands of a Satyr but Aminta saves her; however, again she flees from him. Aminta, finding her blood-stained veil, attempts to kill himself. Now Silvia is remorseful, comes back to cry over Aminta's body who is still alive, and the two can happily marry, following the advice that older and wiser friends had been giving them.
- The libretto by Metastasio on which Mozart based his opera Il re pastore (Salzburg, 1775)
- The libretto by Metastasio on which Antonio Mazzoni based his opera Aminta, il re pastore (Madrid, 1756)
- The plot of Delibes' ballet Sylvia, as re-written by Jules Barbier (Paris, 1876).
Translations into English
- Aminta, the Famous Pastoral, translated into English verse, with divers Ingenious Poems. Trans. John Dancer. London: John Starkey, 1660.
- Amyntas, A Tale of the Woods. Trans. Leigh Hunt. London: T. and J. Allman, 1820.
- Aminta: A Pastoral Play. Trans. Charles Jernigan and Irene Marchegani Jones. New York: Italica Press, 2000.
- "Earliest Known Sound Recordings Revealed". Usnews.com. Retrieved 29 January 2022.
- Brand, Peter (2002). "Aminta". In Hainsworth, Peter and Robey, David (eds.). The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature. Oxford University Press.
- Patterson, Michael (2015). "Aminta". In The Oxford Dictionary of Plays. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press.