Pietro Metastasio
Florence 1814
Harvard University Theatre Collection, THE HD HTFNB [1781] vol. 1

Click for full-size imageThe prolific librettist Pietro Metastasio, active in Italy for much of the 18th century, authored a number of popular works on Chinese topics, including Le Cinesi and L’eroe Cinese. Several of his libretti were so popular that they were set multiple times by different composers.

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