Pygmalion (opera)

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Pygmalion
Monodrama by Georg Benda
Georg Anton Benda 1751.jpg
Georg Benda in 1751
LibrettistFriedrich Wilhelm Gotter
LanguageGerman
Based onRousseau's Pygmalion
Premiere
20 September 1779 (1779-09-20)

Pygmalion is a monodrama in one act by composer Georg Benda with a German libretto by Friedrich Wilhelm Gotter. The opera's first performance was at the Ekhof Theatre [de], the court theatre in Gotha, on 20 September 1779.[1] Pygmalion was the fourth of the five theatrical collaborations of Benda and Gotter. Gotter based his text on Jean-Jacques Rousseau's 1762 play Pygmalion. Benda's melodrama is unusual as it has no singing roles. Two of the three characters, Pygmalion and Galatea, are spoken roles; the other, Venus, is silently acted on stage.

Synopsis[edit]

Pygmalion, having renounced women, is in love with the statue he has made, his Galatea. Venus allows her to come to life, giving him final happiness.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Pygmalion, 20 September 1779". L'Almanacco di Gherardo Casaglia (in Italian).

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