Der neumodische Liebhaber Damon

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Der neumodische Liebhaber Damon
Opera by Georg Philipp Telemann
Georg Philipp Telemann by Georg Lichtensteger.jpg
The composer, c. 1745
Other titleDie Satyrn in Arcadien
30 August 1724 (1724-08-30) (revised version)

Der neumodische Liebhaber Damon, oder Die Satyrn in Arcadien (TWV 21:8), Leipzig 1719, Hamburg 1724, is a comic Arcadian German-language opera in three acts by Telemann.

The first performance was one of the twenty operas, almost all entirely lost, that Telemann wrote in his student days for the young Leipzig Opera. The second revised version of the opera was Telemann's first offering for the reopening of the Hamburg Opera at the Oper am Gänsemarkt, after having succeeded Reinhard Keiser in running the opera in the previous year. The Hamburg performance took place on 30 August 1724.[1]

The form of the opera contains conservative elements - such as a strophic variation aria.[2]


  1. ^ Goldberg: early music magazine: Issues 46-49 2007 "Telemann's Damon is truly a masterpiece. Written for the Leipzig opera and premiered there in 1719, the work was revived in 1724 to commemorate the reopening of Hamburg's Goosemarket Theatre, which had been closed for renovation."
  2. ^ Dennis Martin -The operas and operatic style of John Frederick Lampe 1985 "As late as 1724 Telemann had included a strophic variation aria in Der neumodische Liebhaber Damon, and the form also appears in Keiser's works."