Oristeo

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Oristeo is an opera in a prologue and three acts by Francesco Cavalli. It was designated as a dramma per musica. The Italian libretto was by Giovanni Faustini.

The opera is notable for containing one of the first examples of a da capo aria, Udite amanti, sung by Corinta.

Performance history[edit]

It was first performed in Venice on the occasion of the inauguration of the Teatro Sant 'Apollinare on 9 February 1651.

Roles[edit]

Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 1651
(Conductor: – )
Diomeda, Princess of Caonia soprano
Oristeo, King of Epirus baritone or bass
Euralio, his son soprano
Trasimede, Prince of Archaea tenor
Corinta, Princess of Locri soprano

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