Griselda (A. Scarlatti)

Original manuscript copy of Griselda

Griselda is an opera seria in three acts by the Italian composer Alessandro Scarlatti, the last of Scarlatti’s operas to survive completely today.[ clarification needed] The libretto is by Apostolo Zeno, with revisions by an anonymous author. Zeno wrote his work in 1701 and it had already been set by Pollarolo and Antonio Maria Bononcini ( Albinoni, Giovanni Bononcini and Vivaldi would later produce versions). It is based on the story of Patient Griselda from Boccaccio's Decameron. Scarlatti's opera was first performed at the Teatro Capranica, Rome in January, 1721 with an all-male cast (five castratos and a tenor).

Roles

Role Voice type Premiere Cast
Conductor: Nicola Fabio
Gualtiero King of Sicily castrato ( contralto) Antonio Bernacchi
Griselda his wife castrato ( soprano) Giacinto Fontana "Farfallino"
Costanza their daughter castrato (soprano) Giovanni Carestini
Ottone a noble of the court castrato (alto) Andrea Pacini
Corrado Prince of Apulia tenor Matteo Luchini
Roberto Younger brother of Corrado castrato (soprano) Bartolomeo Bartoli
Everardo Griselda's son mute