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Conforto - Curtis

Nitteti (1756)

Duration: 150 minutes
Opera seria in three acts, edited by Alan Curtis

Libretto by Metastasio (I)

Scoring
2S,2CT(S,A),T,B; mixed chorus; orchestra.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
23/09/1756
Coliseo del Buen Retiro, Madrid
Anton Raaff, tenor
Conductor: Farinelli

Repertoire Note
A still little-known composer, the Neapolitan Nicola Conforto (1718-1788) achieved renown in his adopted city of Madrid, and had the honor of being the first to set to music one of Metastasio's finest dramas, the counterpart to L'Olimpiade (the latter with a love triangle of two men and one woman, Nitteti with two women and one man). The premiere was under the direction of Carlo Broschi (the celebrated castrato called Farinelli) and the cast included the famous tenor Anton Raaff, then at the height of his career, whose last role, a quarter century later was Idomeneo composed for him by the young Mozart.


Moods
Dramatic


Subjects
History, Relationships, Society





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