Italian Baroque Opera Libretti

In April 1931 the Florence-based antiquarian bookseller Leo S. Olschki offered a collection of Baroque Italian libretti to the Warburg Library. A libretto is a booklet containing the text of an opera, operetta, masque, oratorio, cantata or musical, sometimes even ballet. It is sometimes the only written source for lost plays. Libretti are re-tellings of legends or stories written by professional writers, Librettists, and set to music by composers.

The collection, purchased by the Institute in 1931, comprises of 45 libretti from the late 17th and early 18th centuries from Italy. It includes works by: Bonaventura Aliotti, Aurelio Aureli, Giovanni Battista Bassani, Francesco Berni, Carlo Bosi, Lorenzo Cattani, Fortunato Chelleri, Vicenzo Legrenzio Ciampi, Domenico Gabrielli, Pietro Antonio Galerini, Baldassare Galuppi, Francesco Gasparini, Giulio Cesare Grazzini, Giovanni Legrenzi, Carlo Ambrogio Lonati, Paolo Magni, Andrea Mattioli, Giuseppe Maria Orlandini, Carlo Pallavicino, Giacomo Antonio Perti, Carlo Francesco Pollarolo, Giovanni Maria Ruggieri, Giuseppe Domenico Totis, Belisario Valeriani and Marc’Antonio Ziani.


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Roderico
Roderico
Also available online., The New Grove dictionary of music and musicians lists "Roderico" as one of Francesco Gasparini's operas. Librettist unknown., Imprint place from Warburg Institute catalogue card.
Rodoaldo re` d'Italia
Rodoaldo re` d'Italia
di Tomaso Stanzani ; consecrato all'altezza serenissima di Ferdinando Carlo duca di Mantova, Guastalla, &c., Also available online., Also available online., "La musica e` stata composta dal Signor Domenico Gabrieli"--"Argomento", p. 8., With added engraved, illustrated t.p., Performers' names not given.
Rosaura, La
Rosaura, La
Also available online., Also available online., Music by Giacomo Antonio Perti--New Grove., Poetry by Antonio Arcoleo--New Grove., Performers' names not given.
Rosmene, overo, L'infedeltà fedele, La
Rosmene, overo, L'infedeltà fedele, La
Also available online., Music by Alessandro Scarlatti, libretto by G.D. de Totis. Cf. British Library catalogue.
Scipione nelle Spagne
Scipione nelle Spagne
Also available online., Also available online., "La musica e del Signor Beldassar Galuppi detto Buranello"--p. 7., Libretto by Agostino Piovene. Cf. New Grove dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Teuzzone
Teuzzone
del sig. Apostolo Zeno, da rappresentarsi nel Teatro Bonacossi à S. Stefano, la primavera dell'anno MDCCXII con la occasione della solita fiera ; all'eminentiss., e reverendiss. principe il sig. cardinale Tommaso Ruffo, legato à latere di Ferrara &c., Also available online., Music by Paolo Magni and Clemente Monari. Cf. Warburg Institute catalogue card., Includes performers' names.
Tito Manlio
Tito Manlio
Also available online., Music by C.F. Pollarolo, libretto by Noris--Cf. New Grove., Performers' names not given.
Trionfo della morte per il peccato d'Adamo , Il
Trionfo della morte per il peccato d'Adamo , Il
posto in musica dal p.f. Bonaventura Aleotti da Palermo franciscano organista nella sudetta Chiesa, e dedicato all'illustrissima signora la signora Artemisia Montevecchi Baldeschi., Also available online.
Tullio Ostilio
Tullio Ostilio
Libretto attributed to Adriano Morselli, music to Marc'Antonio Ziani.

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