By Alfred Loewenberg
The 1st try at a Dictionary of Operas used to be made through Leone Allacci, a discovered Greek from the island of Chios, who turned Librarian of the Vatican Library and released "Drammaturgia", a listing of all operas played as much as that date, in 1666. considering the fact that then a couple of catalogues, dictionaries, and histories of Opera were released in numerous languages, however the current enormous paintings of Dr. Alfred Loewenberg is the 1st, so far as i do know, to rearrange the fabric yr by means of yr in chronological, instead of alphabetical irder. It begins with the 1st of all operas, "La Dafne" composed via Jacopo Peri and produced at Florence in 1597, and ends with these produced in 1940. .... for each Opera named we're given the names of librettist and composer, in addition to the identify of the theater and the city during which the 1st construction happened; yet in addition to those naked proof we're frequently provided with an unlimited volume of subsidiary details, particularly as regards the resource of the plot, next revivals in different towns and translations into numerous languages.
***Excerpt from advent by way of Edward J. Dent, October 1942***
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Buti's text seems to be the earliest ltalian libretto which was translated into English, as "The Nuptials 0/ Peleus and Thetis. A new ltalian Comedy, whence the preceding Mask was extracted; Made English by a nearer adherence to the Original, than to the French Translation," 1654. The translator was James Howell, Historiegrapher Royal to Charles ll. (In the British Museum catalogued, with a question-mark, as a translation of D. ) ar CIRILLO: L'Orontea Regina di Egitto Cicognini's text 1649). Three acts.
Minato. Three acts ano licenza. W ritten for the birthday of the Emperor Leopold I, who himself contributed two airs. Revived Venice, S. Moise [9 Febrnary] 1676 (with additional music by M. A. Ziani) and once more Vienna Camival 1694. SAN CES: 22 Aristomene Messenio December. Vienna Text by N. Minato. Three acts and licenza. Written for the birthday of Queen Marianna of Spain. Sances's last opera. 47 I67I CAMBERT: Pomone 3 March. Paris, O. Text by P. Perrin (opera ou representation en musique); in later editions pastorale.
W ritten for the opening of the second Venetian opera-house, the Teatro Grimani dei Santi Giovanni e PaoIo. From a note in the libretto it appears that the production must have preceded the date of the dcdication (20 January). For use at the actual performance, a scenario was printed in which, by the way, Manelli, and not Sacrati, was indicated as the composer. The libretto was reprinted in 1644 (which points to a possible revival in that year). The music is lost, Iike the rest of Sacrati's operas.