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Claudius

John H. Roberts

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online - The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, issue Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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Sing-Spiel in three acts by reinhard Keiser to a libretto by hinrich Hinsch; Hamburg, Theater am Gänsemarkt, 1703.

The action centres on Messalina (soprano), wife of the Emperor Claudius, and her scandalous love affair with Silius (tenor), a Roman nobleman. Despite the efforts of Narcissus (soprano) and others to warn him, Claudius (bass) refuses to believe Messalina unfaithful. Eventually a group of conspirators resolves to kill the lovers, but before they can act Silius

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