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[L'Olimpiade]. Vicenza 1784 E parto per non tornar più mai. Scena [recitative and aria]. Musical manuscript full score. ?Late 18th century
An attractive manuscript of unknown provenance. The opera has never been published; it exists in various manuscript copies, one of them (at the Naples conservatory) partially autograph. First performed at the inauguration of the Teatro Eretenio in Vicenza on July 10, 1784. The libretto is by Pietro Metastasio, originally written for Antonio Caldara's opera of the same name (1733). "Several authors - Alfred Loewenberg (Annals of Opera, 1943)... and Gordana Lazarevich (The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, 1992) - have stated that the opera is in three acts, although it is clearly in two acts. The confusion has undoubtedly arisen because all the settings by other composers of this libretto have been in three acts. Domenico Cimarosa's setting seems to have been one of his more soccessful opere serie." Nick Rossi and Talmage Fauntleroy: Domenico Cimarosa: His Life and His Operas.. Oblong quarto (286 x 220 mm). [i] (title), 46, [i] (blank) pp. Notated in ink on 10-stave paper. Various watermarks ("VITTORI," etc.). Five-stave systems in recitative (19 pp.): [2] Violini, Viole, [voice], [basso]. Ten-stave systems in aria (27 pp.): [2] Corni in E, [2] Oboè, [2] Violini, Viole, Fagotto, [voice], [Basso]. Bass line not figured. The manuscript comprises part of Act 2 of the opera: the conclusion of Scene vii (Megacle [alto castrato] and Aristea [soprano]) and the entire Scene viii (Megacle and Licida [soprano castrato]), which ends with an aria of Megacle. All three vocal parts are notated in soprano (C1) clef. Wrappers browned and somewhat brittle; spine bumped at head; several small tears with minor loss. Some leaves browned at edges; f.10 with small tear to lower outer corner; final leaf with minor loss to lower margin, just touching lowest staff line; multiple small ink stains to final blank page and upper outer corner of some other pages.
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