Andromaca (1755)

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Start date: 
1 January 1755
Degree of relationship to ancient play: 
Distant relative
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Libretto: Andromaca. Drama per musica pel [sic] Teattro [sic] di S.M.B. (London, G. Woodfall, 1755). Music manuscript sources: B-Bc (Act 3), D-Sl GB-Lbl, I-Nc (without recitatives), US-Cn, R. This was a London production of Jommelli's opera Astianatte, which had originally been written for Rome in 1741 (Sartori ID 3277). The libretto for this production was probably an adaptation of Antonio Salvi's libretto Astianatte, first set by Perti for Florence in 1701 (see Sartori ID 3265). The libretto can be linked to Euripides via Racine's Andromaque: it is an adaptation of Racine's tragedy into an opera libretto. According to the operatic convention the ending is modified into a 'lieto fine' (happy ending).
Media of production: 
Opera, musical and related genres
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Information related to this production

Script Author(s)
Andromache Euripides
Person Role Notes
Giulia Frasi (fl.1742-72) Singer Ermione
Niccolò Jommelli (1714-1774) Composer
Colomba Mattei (fl.1743-78) Singer Oreste
Regina Mingotti (1722-1808) Singer Andromaca
[female] Mondini Singer Clearte
[female] Pazagli Singer Pilade
[male] Ricciarelli Singer Pirro
Antonio Salvi (1664-1724) Librettist
Source Format Location if held at the APGRD Pagination
Grove Music Online Website New Grove Opera: Dale E. Monson, 'Andromache'; Marita P. McClymonds (with Paul Cauthen); 'Jommelli [Jomelli], Niccolò [Nicolò]'; Giuntini, Francesco, 'Salvi, Antonio'; Lindgren Lowell, 'Astianatte'
I Libretti Italiani a Stampa dalle Origini al 1800. 7 vols Book library Entry numbers 1909 and 327
From Alessandro (1726) to Tolomeo (1728): The Final Royal Academy Operas Thesis archive Ch. 7: Astianatte and the Scandal
I drammi per musica di Antonio Salvi. Aspetti della 'riforma' del libretto nel primo Settecento Essay

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