Sylla, Pièce dramatique, 1753

Libretto for the opera Sylla

Sylla, Pièce dramatique, 1753

Frederick took a keen interest in every aspect of the performances at the new opera house in Berlin, and occasionally contributed arias or librettos. The libretto for Sylla is in three acts and was inspired by Corneille’s Cinna. It was translated from French into Italian and set to music by music director Carl Heinrich Graun. In accordance with an annual tradition, it was performed for Frederick’s mother Sophia Dorothea on the occasion of her birthday. The edition of the libretto bears all the insignia of an authorised edition, including the privilege granted by the King to the court publisher.

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