Apostolo Zeno

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Zeno, Apostolo


Born Dec. 11, 1668, in Venice; died there Nov. 11, 1750. Italian librettist and playwright.

From 1718 to 1729, Zeno was court poet and historiographer in Vienna. After 1729 he lived in Venice, where he joined a circle of Enlightenment classicists. He wrote many operatic texts (several in collaboration with P. Pariati) and also several oratorio texts. He raised the literary and intellectual level of the libretto of Italian opera and applied classicist principles to operatic dramaturgy (P. Metastasio continued and completed the reform begun by Zeno). Among his librettos are Lucio Vero, Merope, Ifigenia in Aulide, and Cajo Fabrizio. Many composers of the 18th century, including G. F. Handel, A. Scarlatti, D. Scarlatti, B. Galuppi, and F. Araia, wrote operas on Zeno’s texts. Collections of his librettos were published from time to time in the 18th century.


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Perella, an interview with Amara Lakhous, and research studies on Apostolo Zeno, Leopardi, Gadda, Camillo Pennati, as well as on key issues in Italian language and linguistics (an essay on Southern Italy's contributions to contemporary Italian language, the second part of a paper on Therese Labande-Jeanroy's Question de la langue en Italie, and a review article on Latin and Italian in the framework of linguistic superdiversity).
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Based on an exceptional libretto by Apostolo Zeno, Atenaide was not a success when first performed in 1728.
As in previous chapters, a careful overview of each facet of Ifigenia's representation, including choice of the singers, composer, elements of production, and an examination of the libretto and its sources (especially the versions by Apostolo Zeno and Mattia Verazi), is rendered.
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Abstract: This paper focuses on the opera librettist Apostolo Zeno and his indebtedness to the tre corone of Italian literature, Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio.
Naive continues its landmark series of Vivaldi operas with this dramatic new recording of Griselda (Venice, 1735), an opera based on a libretto by Apostolo Zeno but shortened and adapted for Vivaldi by the Venetian dramatist, Carlo Goldoni.
Williams finds space, too, for a consideration of aspects of the texts Conti set; his roster of fine librettists for his cantatas and larger dramatic works included the Court poets Pietro Pariati, Apostolo Zeno, and Silvio Stampiglia.