L'Andromaca (1726)

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Start date: 
29 April 1726
Degree of relationship to ancient play: 
Distant relative
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Libretto: L'Andromaca. Drama per musica da rappresentarsi nel Teatro dell'illustriss. Pubblico di Reggio in occasione della fiera dell'anno 1726. Dedicata all'altezza serenissima di Rinaldo I, duca di Reggio, Modana [sic.], Mirandola ecc. (Reggio: il Vedrotti, 1726). The Argomento in the libretto names the following sources: Racine's Andromaque, Virgil's Aeneid (providing the same quotation from Virgil as Racine in the preface to his tragedy), and Euripides' Andromache. The libretto follows Racine very closely. It is informed by another operatic adaptation of Racine, Antonio Salvi's Astianatte (Florence 1701, Sartori ID 3265), but it stays closer to the tragedy and retains the funesto fine (Pirro's death). It ends with a moral on how to live one's life, given by Andromaca, as the new Queen of Epirus, to Astianatte and the people. The name of the librettist is not provided in the libretto. The New Grove Opera article on Chiocchetti identifies him as Apostolo Zeno. However since the libretto shows no similarities with Zeno's Andromaca as used in Vienna in 1724 (Sartori ID 1894) and adapted for Rome in 1730 (Sartori ID 1897) and Copenhagen in 1760 (Sartori ID 1912), it is highly likely that the author of the libretto was someone else. The libretto (p.9) also provides the information that the ballet group consisted of eight dancers, but gives no other information on how and when they were employed (for example, as part of the opera or during indepentent interval intermezzi).
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Opera, musical and related genres
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Information related to this production

Script Author(s)
Andromache Euripides
Person Role Notes
Innocenzo Baldini Singer Araspe
Maria Anna Benti Bulgarelli (1684-1734) Singer soprano, Andromaca
Giovanni Canziani Costume Designer
Pietro Vincenzo Chiocchetti (1680-1753) Composer
Francesco Massimiliano Pagnini Choreographer
Maria Maddalena Pieri (1683-1753) Singer contralto, Pillade
Giovanni [Gianni] Battista Pinacci (1694/5-1750) Singer tenor, Pirro
Costanza Posterli Singer Ermione
Rafaello Signorini Singer Oreste
Pellegrino Spagiari Set Designer
Apostolo Zeno (1668-1750) Librettist
Source Format Location if held at the APGRD Pagination
Grove Music Online Website New Grove Opera: Dale E. Monson, 'Andromache'; Carmela Bongiovanni, 'Chiocchetti, Pietro Vincenzo'
I Libretti Italiani a Stampa dalle Origini al 1800. 7 vols Book library
From Alessandro (1726) to Tolomeo (1728): The Final Royal Academy Operas Thesis archive Ch. 7: Astianatte and the Scandal

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