|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast
(Conductor: – )
|Troncone, Emperor of China||tenor||Giuseppe Pederzoli|
|Teuzzone, his son, in love with and betrothed to Zelinda||soprano||Margherita Gualandi, "la Campioli"|
|Zidiana, bride but not wife of Troncone, secretly in love with Teuzzone||contralto||Anna Ambreville|
|Zelinda, Tartar princess, in love with Teuzzone||contralto||Teresa Mucci|
|Cino, governor of the realm, in love with Zidiana||soprano castrato||Gasparo Geri|
|Sivenio, a general of the realm, in love with Zidiana||bass||Francesco Benedetti|
|Egaro, captain of the guards, relative and confidant of Zidiana||alto castrato||Lorenzo Beretta|
|Argonte, Tartar prince and confidant of Zelinda||tenor||Giuseppe Pederzoli|
|Chorus of soldiers, guards and people|
The plot concerns the aftermath of Troncone's death, where his wife Zidiana schemes with the governor Cino and the general Sivenio to seize power, even though Teuzzone is the rightful heir. Zelinda, the fiancée of Teuzzone, is a powerful woman in her own right and fights against this move, especially when it becomes clear that Zidiana's plan is to marry Teuzzone for herself.
Conductor: Sandro Volta. Orchestra dell'Opera Barocca di Guastalla. Singers: Pagano, Barazzoni, Bortolanei, Piccini, Lippi, Favari, Manzotti. Date: 1996. Issued: 1996.
Conductor: Jordi Savali. Le Concert des Nations. Singers: Lopez, Milanesi, Galou, Mameli, Zanasi, Giovannini, Sakurada. Label: Naive. Issued: 2011.
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