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Telemaco, ossia L'isola di Circe (Telemachus, or Circe's Island) is an operatic dramma per musica in two acts by Christoph Willibald Gluck. The Italian libretto was written by Marco Coltellini after Carlo Sigismondo Capece's libretto for Scarlatti's 1718 opera Telemaco.

The opera was written for the wedding of the Emperor (to be) Joseph II and Princess Maria Josepha of Bavaria.

Performance history[edit]

The first performance was at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 30 January 1765.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 30 January 1765[1]
(Conductor: - )
Ulisse tenor Giuseppe Tibaldi
Circe soprano Elisabeth Teyber
Telemaco alto castrato Gaetano Guadagni
Asteria soprano Rosa Tartaglini
Merione soprano castrato Luca Fabris


  1. ^ sources: Moratto, p. 31; Amadeusonline Almanach by Gherardo Casaglia (accessed 26 May 2011)