Talk:Apollo et Hyacinthus

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Performance info + query[edit]

OperaGlass, which is usually pretty reliable lists the following:

(English title) Apollo and Hyacinth, or the Metamorphosis of Hyacinth

The Latin intermezzo Apollo et Hyacinthus was composed for the Latin school play Clementia Croesi by Father Rufinus Widl

First performance: 13 May 1767, Great Hall, Salzburg University


  • Oebalus : Mathias Stadler
  • Melia : Felix Fuchs
  • Hyacinthus : Christian Enzinger
  • Apollo : Johann Ernst
  • Zephyrus : Joseph Vonterthon
  • 1st Priest : Joseph Bründl
  • 2nd Priest : Jakob Moser

Also according to a New York Times Review... "Apollo et Hyacinthus provided the entr'acte entertainment for a Latin drama by Rusinus Widl intended for the university at Salzburg."

I'm a little confused. Is it a three act Opera as listed in the article? According to Rosenthal, H. and Warrack, J. (1979) The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press. p.14 Apollo et Hyacinthus is:

"Latin comedy in 1-act [...] Not strictly an opera but a prologue and 9 musical numbers performed as an intermezzo to Widl's Clementia Croesi"

Best, Voceditenore 14:09, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Grove and Viking both say three acts. Apparently Widl's play was a five-act tragedy, so a three-part A&H would have fitted nicely in between Acts 2-5, with the overture ?and opening chorus after Act 1. The Viking Guide says it lasts 90 minutes, so it could all be performed in one go - but that doesn't mean it's one-act: Pagliacci has two and The Flying Dutchman has three. --GuillaumeTell 15:06, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

More sources[edit]

  • According to 'Salzburg Festival Sparks Queries Over Sponsors' Investment' By Shirley Apthorp, Bloomberg News, Aug. 4 2006: "Mozart directed the premiere of his opera Apollo et Hyacinthus from the harpsichord"

Voceditenore 14:46, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Definition of a true opera[edit]

The first paragraph states that unlike Mozart's previous operatic work this was a "true opera" (as opposed to "sacred drama"). I think the author is trying to make an important point here, the problem is I don't understand the difference between these two categories. It would be helpful to either elaborate on the essential differences at hand, or to provide a link that would provide this information. Is it just that this was a "secular drama'? (talk) 16:41, 14 December 2012 (UTC)