L'arbore di Diana

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
L'arbore di Diana
Opera by Vicente Martín y Soler
L'Arbore di Diana. Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona 2009.jpeg
A scene from the 2009 production of the opera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
Librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte
Premiere 1 October 1787 (1787-10-01)
Burgtheater, Vienna

L'arbore di Diana (The Tree of Diana), is an opera in two acts composed by Vicente Martín y Soler, with an original libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. It premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 October 1787.

Background and performance history[edit]

Da Ponte's librettos for L'arbore di Diana and Così fan tutte were the only ones of his not taken from an existing plot. The opera's premiere on 1 October 1787 marked a visit to Vienna of the niece of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, the Archduchess Maria Teresa, who was on her way to Dresden to marry Prince Anton Clemens of Saxony in person (they had been married by proxy in Florence the month before).[1] The work was enormously successful in its day, but Martín's operas have since fallen from the repertoire. A revival was performed during the 2007/2008 season at the Theater Bielefeld in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany.[2] The opera was revived and recorded in Valencia in 2008 at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. It has also been revived in Barcelona in 2009 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Minnesota Opera in 2017.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast
1 October 1787[3]
Amore soprano Luisa Laschi-Mombelli
Diana soprano Anna Bosello-Marichelli
Doristo bass Stefano Mandini
Endimione tenor Vincenzo Calvesi
Silvio tenor Nicolò del Sole
Britomarte soprano
Chloe contralto
Clizia mezzo-soprano



L'arbore di Diana, critical edition by Leonardo Waisman, IBERAUTOR/ICCMU. Madrid, 2001. ISBN 84-8048-379-2


  1. ^ Holden, p.95
  2. ^ List of performances of L'arbore di Diana on Operabase.
  3. ^ Premiere cast from Casaglia (2005)