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1 (Mozart: La clemenza di Tito). Sop./mez. Travesti role (originally castrato). Young Roman nobleman, friend of Annio. Helps Vitellia plot to assassinate Tito. Arrested and sentenced to death, but forgiven by Tito. Arias: Parto, parto (‘I am going’); Deh, per questo istante solo (‘Ah, for this single moment’). Created (1791) by Domenico Bedini (sop. castrato).

2 (Handel: Giulio Cesare). Sop. Travesti role (or ten.). Sesto Pompeo, son of Cornelia and Pompey. Arrested by Tolomeo who murdered Sesto's father. Sesto avenges his father by killing Tolomeo. Sesto and his mother are finally united in peace with Cesare and Cleopatra. Created (1724) by Margherita Durastanti.

Subjects: Opera.


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