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Il trionfo di Clelia

Discover a rarely performed masterpiece by Gluck, in an imaginative new staging by Nigel Lowery.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Il trionfo di Clelia. It was last on stage 24–25 June 2012.

Introduction

Clelia, a Roman noblewoman, is taken hostage by Porsenna, King of the Etruscans, as part of a peace treaty with Rome. She escapes, but is returned to her captors. However, her courage remains undimmed.

Background

Christoph Willibald von Gluck’s Il trionfo di Clelia (The Triumph of Clelia) had its premiere in Bologna in 1763. It was an immediate success, thanks to a lively musical style and the production’s extraordinary special effects, which showed off the capacities of the advanced stage machinery at the newly opened Teatro Comunale di Bologna. However, the staging was technically too complex for many other European theatres and Il trionfo di Clelia soon fell out of favour. Nigel Lowery’s new production provides a rare chance to see this operatic gem, with a stellar European cast and the City of London Sinfonia under the baton of Giuseppe Sigismondi de Risio.

On Wikipedia

Il trionfo di Clelia ("The Triumph of Clelia") is an 18th-century Italian opera in three acts by the Czech composer Josef Mysliveček composed to a libretto by the Italian poet Metastasio. It was common in the 1760s for composers to set Metastasian texts written decades before. Exceptionally, the text for Il trionfo di Clelia, first produced in Vienna in 1762, was almost new when Mysliveček was commissioned to compose his setting for Turin, and all of the aria texts used for his setting derive from the original libretto. This opera (and all the rest of Mysliveček's operas) belong to the serious type in Italian language referred to as opera seria.Metastasio's libretto was also set by Gluck, and others.

Abstract taken from the Wikipedia article Il trionfo di Clelia, available under a Creative Commons license.