Statira Principessa Di Persia
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Statira Principessa Di Persia

Statira principessa di Persia (Stateira, Princess of Persia) is an opera - more specifically, a dramma per musica - in a prologue and three acts by Francesco Cavalli, set to a libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello. The opera was first performed in Venice at the Teatro SS. Giovanni e Paolo, on 18 January 1656.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 18 January 1655
(Conductor: - )
Brisante contralto
Cloridaspe mezzo-soprano
Elissena tenor
Ermosilla soprano
Usimano soprano
Floralba soprano
Eurillo soprano
Maga soprano
Mercurio tenor
Brimonte tenor
Plutone bass
Nicarco bass
Dario bass
Statira soprano
Tersandro soprano
Vaffrino tenor
Servo Indiano backing singer


In the epistle dedicatory to the original libretto, Busenello explains the plot as follows:


  • "Busenello", Goldberg Magazine, October 2005
  • "Cavalli, Pier Francesco: The great enterprise of XVIIth century opera", Goldberg Magazine, October 2004
  • Walker, Thomas & Irene Alm. "Francesco Cavalli: Works". Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press.

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