By Alfred Loewenberg
The 1st try out at a Dictionary of Operas was once made by means of Leone Allacci, a discovered Greek from the island of Chios, who turned Librarian of the Vatican Library and released "Drammaturgia", a list of all operas played as much as that date, in 1666. when you consider that then a few catalogues, dictionaries, and histories of Opera were released in a number of languages, however the current huge paintings of Dr. Alfred Loewenberg is the 1st, so far as i do know, to rearrange the cloth yr by way of yr in chronological, instead of alphabetical irder. It begins with the 1st of all operas, "La Dafne" composed through Jacopo Peri and produced at Florence in 1597, and ends with these produced in 1940. .... for each Opera named we're given the names of librettist and composer, in addition to the identify of the theater and town during which the 1st creation happened; yet along with those naked evidence we're frequently provided with an unlimited volume of subsidiary details, in particular as regards the resource of the plot, next revivals in different towns and translations into a number of languages.
***Excerpt from creation by means of Edward J. Dent, October 1942***
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Notably by G. Radiciotti (in the bibliography of Manelli's works, contained in bis L'Arte musicale in Tivoli, 1921) and by P. 339. As a matter of fact, Monteverdi's name is not mentioned in the original libretto which contains, on the other hand, a dedication by Manelli to Antonio Grimani (the proprietor of the theatre) and a letter by the librettist Vendramin to Manelli. The question would be of major importance if the music were extant. 1640 CAVALLI: cli Amori di Apollo e di Dafne Carnival. Venice, S.
The music is lost, like the rest of Manelli's operas. For a bibliography of his works see G. Radiciotti, L'Arte //lusicale in Tivoli (19 21 ), p·49· Venice remained for many years the only town with regular opera seasons every Carniva\. It appears from the chronologies that in the course of the 17th century more than 350 operas were produced at the different Venetian theatres, a number which increased to more than 1,600 at the dose ofthe 18th century (induding revivals and operas previously given clsewhere).
Prologue and 3 acts. The first opera Cavalli was commissioned to write for a town other than Venice (to celebrate the clection of Ferdinand IV as King of the Romans). The opera does not sec m to have been revived at Vcnice, although the text was reprinted there [30 january]. G. e P. Text by G. C. Sorentino (according to the preface earlier given at Naples with music by some other, unknown, composer). Prologue and 3 acts. According to the preface, Cavalli composed only those parts of the music made necessary by the textual alterations per accotllodarsi al costume of Venice.
Annals of Opera, 1597-1940 by Alfred Loewenberg