Alceste (1768)

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Start date: 
1 January 1768
Degree of relationship to ancient play: 
Distant relative
Production notes: 
Libretto: Guiseppe Parini, 'Alceste. Dramma tragico da rappresentarsi nel Regio Ducal Teatro di Milano nel carnovale dell'anno 1769. Dedicato a sua altezza serenissima il duca di Modena' (Milano, Giuseppe Richino Malatesta, 1768). The model for the libretto was Rainieri de Calzabigi's libretto for the Italian version of Gluck's opera Alceste (ID 5912). The directors of the Regio Ducal Teatro failed to persuade Calzabigi to revise the libretto since he refused to compromise his work by adding external characters. Parini substantially revised the libretto to suit Italian taste. The production included ballets.
Media of production: 
Opera, musical and related genres
Choreographic work (dance, ballet, mime etc)
Ancient works:

Information related to this production

Script Author(s)
Alkestis Euripides
Person Role Notes
Antonia Maria Girelli Aguilar Singer soprano, Alceste
Gaspare Bassano Singer High Priest
Guglielmo Ettore Singer tenor, Admeto
[male - brothers] Galeari Set Designer
Vincenzo Galeotti Choreographer
Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi (1728-1804) Composer
Francesco Mainini Costume Designer
Giuseppe Nicolini Singer soprano castrato, Apollo
Giuseppe Parini Librettist
Felicità Suardi Singer soprano, Ismene
Venue Festival Dates Notes
Regio Ducal Teatro (Milan, Lombardy, Italy)
Source Format Location if held at the APGRD Pagination
Grove Music Online Website New Grove Opera: Kathleen Kuzmick Hansell, 'Alceste (iii)'; John A. Rice, 'Alcestis'
I Libretti Italiani a Stampa dalle Origini al 1800. 7 vols Book library

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