Teatre Martin i Soler
Libretto by Paolo Antonio Rolli, from Love d'un'ombra and gelosia d'un'aura Carlo Sigismondo Capece · Music of Domenico Scarlatti
Premiere: London, 1720, King's Theatre in Haymarket
Federico Maria Sardelli
Dirección de escena y escenografía
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
Festival de Música Antigua de Innsbruck
Ballet de la Generalitat
Inmaculada Gil-Lázaro, directora
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
22, 28 mayo 2015 · 20.00 h
31 mayo 2015 · 19.00 h
25 mayo 2015 · 18.00 h _Función didáctica
Teatre Martín i Soler
Federica Di Trapani
Under the title of Love d’un’ombra and gelosia d’un’aura this per musica of Domenico Scarlatti dramma premiered in Rome in January 1714, in the theater of Zuccari Palace, residence of Maria Casimira, exiled Queen of Poland . Years later, in 1720, George Frideric Handel scheduled the first opera season of the newly founded Royal Academy of Music in London, which included three works: Numitore of Giovanni Porta, Radamisto of Handel itself and a review of Love d’un’ombra and gelosia d’un’aura of Scarlatti, which was presented at the King’s Theatre in Haymarket with the title of Narciso.
The action of the opera takes place in the mythological Greece. Procri, Princess of Athens, offered his hand to the brave that achieves kill the boar ravaging the fields of its territory. The Aristeo and Cefalo, both in love with Procri, rival princes in search of the beast. Narciso joins them for the pleasure of hunting. However, the nymph Echo, who is in love with Narcissus and pursues him relentlessly despite being rejected by him, interprets it also yearns to get Procri wife. Athens princess is soon fall prey to jealousy, believing that Eco Cefalo is interested, and try to take revenge.
Cefalo manages to kill the boar and in return gets the hand of Procri, clarifying its misunderstanding interest Eco. Meanwhile, Narciso, who prided himself on being immune to love, desperately seeking a nymph that has fallen in love to see his face reflected in the water of a fountain. When he finally found it to be Eco, who declares his love.