The stage as mirror: representation of sovereignty and reflections of cultural debate in La Vittoria d’Imeneo by Giuseppe Bartoli and Baldassare Galuppi (1750)

Journal title CHEIRON
Author/s Annarita Colturato
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2022/1-2 Language Italian
Pages 45 P. 145-168 File size 234 KB
DOI 10.3280/CHE2022-001009
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In the second half of the 18th century the festa teatrale was the genre most often used in Turin to solemnize the visits of foreign princes and sovereigns as well as celebrate the dynastic ties that the Savoy monarchy forged with the main European courts through music. A represen-tation of sovereignty and an instrument of consensus par excellence, this type of opera is a fertile ground for those who intend to study cu-rial politics and its ritual practices; from a cultural, theatrical and musi-cal point of view, it also offers many ideas for investigation. Particular-ly worthy of attention in this respect is La Vittoria d’Imeneo, composed by Baldassare Galuppi (libretto by Giuseppe Bartoli) on the occasion of the wedding of Victor Amadeus of Savoy to Maria Antonia Ferdi-nanda of Spain (1750), one of the most interesting and unusual feste teatrali staged in the Savoy capital.

Keywords: Feste teatrali; Opera; G. Bartoli - B. Galuppi, La vittoria d’Imeneo (1750), Turin.

Annarita Colturato, Lo specchio del palcoscenico: rappresentazione della regalità e riflessi del dibattito culturale nella Vittoria d’Imeneo di Giuseppe Bartoli e Baldassare Galuppi (1750) in "CHEIRON" 1-2/2022, pp 145-168, DOI: 10.3280/CHE2022-001009