Joseph Stallaert, La mort de Didon, 1872
Leonardo Vinci, Didone abbandonata
Florence, Teatro Goldoni, 8 January 2017
Dido left stranded by the director in Florence
Metastasio’s Didone abbandonata has been set to music at least sixty times: from Domenico Sarro in 1724 to Saverio Mercadante in 1823. In those hundred years composers like Domenico Scarlatti, Albinoni, Handel, Porpora, Galuppi, Hasse, Jommelli, Cherubini and Paisiello didn’t refrain from having a Didone abbandonata in their music catalogue.
A long way from Purcell, who 37 years earlier had focused the drama…