7 February 1662
Degree of relationship to ancient play:
Buti based his libretto for this 'tragedia' on Ovid's Metamorphoses IX, but it is likely that he was also influenced by Sophocles and/or Seneca. Cardinal Mazarin comissioned the opera in the celebration of Louis XIV's marriage to the Spanish Infanta Maria Theresa; the libretto was printed in Italian and in French. The production of the opera included interval ballets ('Vers du Ballet royal dansé par Leurs Maiestez entre les actes') by Isaac de Benserade and Lully. The opera was not successful and it was not repeated in France. According to the New Grove Opera article on the opera, a modern production took place in London in 1980, and a recording was issued in 1981. Another production took place at the Nederlandse Opera, conducted by Ivor Bolton and directed by David Alden.
Media of production:
Choreographic work (dance, ballet, mime etc)
Opera, musical and related genres