Venus and Adonis

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Composer:

John Blow

Librettist:

Anonymous

Premiere:

composed ca. 1682 for the entertainment of King Ch

Language:

English

Synopsis:

Venus and Adonis Synopsis

Libretto:

Venus and Adonis Libretto

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About the opera Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis is an opera in three acts and a prologue by the English Baroque composer John Blow, composed in about 1683. It was written for the court of King Charles II at either London or Windsor. It is considered by some to be either a semi-opera or a masque, but The New Grove names it as the earliest surviving English opera. The author of the libretto was surmised to have been Aphra Behn due to the feminist nature of the text, and that she later worked with Blow on the play The Lucky Chance. However, according to the musicologist Bruce Wood, in his 2008 critical edition of the work for the Purcell Society, the librettist "has been identified by James Winn as Anne Kingsmill, subsequently married as Anne Finch". The story is based on the Classical myth of Venus and Adonis, which was also the basis for Shakespeare's poem Venus and Adonis, as well as Ovid's poem of the same name in his Metamorphoses.
Venus and Adonis is considered by some to be either a semi-opera or a masque, but The New Grove names it as the earliest surviving English opera. In fact, an early manuscript source is subtitled "A masque for the entertainment of the king".
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Roles in Venus and Adonis

Cupid Soprano
Venus Soprano
Adonis Baritone
Shepherd
Shepherdess Soprano
Huntsman

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