Personalities | Silvio Stampiglia | Late Baroque | Opera

1664–1725, Italian

Stampiglia was one of the 14 founding members of the Accadamia dell’Arcadia (The Arcadian Academy). Although a Roman by birth, for many years Stampiglia was associated with operas in Naples, and did not always conform to Arcadian ideals despite being part of their circle. Stampiglia’s libretti are often ironic comedies in which conventional heroism is regarded with more affection than sincerity, and the ludicrous behaviour of aristocratic characters is often regarded with disbelief by comparatively sensible servants. Il trionfo di Camilla and La partenope were his most popular libretti, and were set many times during the early eighteenth century. Stampiglia’s final work was the serenata Imeneo, set to music by Porpora in 1723. His lively and witty examinations of courtly love inspired Handel to great artistic heights in his settings of Il partenope, Serse and Imeneo, although none of these was successful in London.

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