Personalities | Apostolo Zeno | Late Baroque | Opera
The Venetian librettist Zeno was a librarian and historian, who sought to establish opera libretti as a recognized literary form. His first opera libretto, Lucio Vero, was a huge success at Venice in 1695. Zeno continued to write more libretti, although he had reservations about it affecting his scholarly credibility. In 1718, Zeno replaced Stampiglia as imperial poet to the Viennese court of Emperor Charles VI, where he was also appointed imperial historiographer.
Zeno wrote 35 opera libretti, including many in collaboration with Pariati, and he was especially proud of his 17 oratorio texts produced for Vienna. Zeno is credited with introducing historical subjects into opera, and he sought to represent the idealistic code of honour for real sovereigns in uncompromisingly serious operas influenced by the French dramatist Racine. Composers including Tomaso Albinoni (1671–1751), Caldara and Gasparini set his libretti to music. Scarlatti and Handel both set versions of Zeno’s libretti that were adapted for them by other authors. Zeno was a major influence on the young Metastasio, who in turn supplanted his predecessor as both court poet in Vienna and the most respected librettist of his generation.
An extensive music information resource, bringing together the talents and expertise of a wide range of editors and musicologists, including Stanley Sadie, Charles Wilson, Paul Du Noyer, Tony Byworth, Bob Allen, Howard Mandel, Cliff Douse, William Schafer, John Wilson...
Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and more. Flame Tree has been making encyclopaedias and guides about music for over 20 years. Now Flame Tree Pro brings together a huge canon of carefully curated information on genres, styles, artists and instruments. It's a perfect tool for study, and entertaining too, a great companion to our music books.
The ultimate story of a life of rock music, from the 1950s to the present day.
Fantastic new, unofficial biography covers
his life, music, art and movies, with a
sweep of incredible photographs.