L'Hipermestra. Engraving of Scene 1, Act 1, "Cortile Regio," by M. Bellonni after Silvio degli Alli
by CAVALLI, Pier Francesco 1602-1676
Firenze: Vincenzo Vangelisti, 1689. "[Cavalli] was the most performed, and perhaps the most representative, composer of opera in the quarter-century after Monteverdi and was a leading figure, as both composer and performer, in Venetian musical life." Thomas Walker and Irene Alm in Grove Music Online. L'Hipermestra, with text by Giovanni Andrea Moniglia (ca. 1630-1700) and sets by Ferdinando Tacca (1619-1689), was first performed in Florence in 1658. The libretto, with plates by Alli in large format, was published in that same year. The present plate is from the reissue of 1689, re-engraved and published in slightly smaller format. Sonneck p. 595. Moniglia (1624-1700) "must be reckoned among the most original librettists of the 17th century... His Hipermestra (1658, music by Cavalli) and Ercole in Tebe (1661, music by Melani) set a standard for the festa teatrale." Robert Lamar Weaver in Grove Music Online. Tacca (1619-1686) was an Italian architect and stage designer. "As well as designing buildings, such as the Teatro dell'Accademia degli Immobili (later della Pergola), built in Florence in 1656, he devised scenery, machines and apparatus for various performances and dynastic ceremonies, which are partly documented in engravings... The scenery and mechanisms for Cavalli's opera Hipermestra (libretto by G. A. Moniglia), performed at the Teatro degli Immobili in 1658 to mark the birth of the Spanish Infanta, are known from 13 engravings by Silvio degli Alli included in the published libretto." Mercedes Viale Ferrero in Grove Music Online.. 182 x 238 mm. + margins. Printed on laid paper. The scene depicts a courtyard enclosed by columns and arches. A female singer in the foreground and a group of six soldiers (possibly the chorus) is in the background. Slightly worn; some minor foxing' central vertical crease; remnants of hinges to upper corners of verso. (Inventory #: 27514)
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