Erismena is the first full-length opera known to have been translated into English and may have been first performed in England in 1674.
It was first performed in Venice at the Teatro Sant 'Apollinare on 30 December 1655 with further performances between that date and 28 February 1656. Cavalli revised the work in 1670. Both versions have survived as well as one with an English translation, also dated to the 17th century.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, December 30, 1655
(Conductor: - )
|Erimante, King of Media||bass|
|Erismena, daughter of Erimante||soprano|
|Aldimira, favourite of Erimante||soprano|
|Alcesta, Aldimira's former nurse||contralto|
|Idraspe (Erineo), Prince of Iberia||contralto|
|Orimeno, Prince of Colchus||soprano|
|Agrippo, servant of Orimeno||bass|
|Diarte, a prison guard||bass|
Pier Francesco Cavalli: L'Erismena - Oakland Symphony Orchestra - 'Sung in English
- Conductor: Alan Curtis
- Principal singers: Walt McKibben (Alcesta), Carole Bogard (Aldimira), Edward Jameson (Argippo), Leslie Retallick (Clerio), Edgar Jones (Diark), Walter Matthes (Erimante), Delreen Hafenrichter (Erismena), Holly Alonso (Flerida), Melvin Brown (Idraspe), Paul Esswood (Orimeno)
- Recording date: 1968
- Label: Vox - SVBX 5213 (LPs)
- Amadeus Almanac (see references) gives the date as 26 December 1655.