La vittoria d'Imeneo (Galuppi, Baldassare)

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Misc. Notes Source: Aria collection in Biblioteca del Conservatorio di San Pietro a Majella, Napoli. - Caution: Vocal range from d to d'''. The role of Urania was created by Giovanna Astrua, one of the leading sopranos of the time. - Handel borrowed thematic material for two arias in "Jephtha" from this Galuppi aria: From the A section ("Freely I to heav'n resign") as well as from the B section ("Sweet as light to the blind").
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Work Title La vittoria d'Imeneo
Alternative. Title Imeneo e Venere
Composer Galuppi, Baldassare
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IBG 158
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 parts (acts)
First Performance. 1750-06-07 in Turin, Teatro Regio
Librettist Giuseppe Bartoli
Language Italian
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation 4 voices, chorus, orchestra

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Cantata for four voices, chorus and orchestra, commissioned as part of the celebrations following the wedding of Maria Antonia Ferdinanda of Spain to Vittorio Amedeo of Piedmont and Sardinia. It was performed in the form of a three-act opera in the Teatro Regio where it enjoyed a run of more than 20 performances. The autograph manuscript is preserved in the British Library; several pieces from the work are extant in various aria collections of the time. - G. F. Handel made some borrowings from this cantata/opera for his last oratorio "Jephtha".