Saturday, March 31, 2012
Stage Designs For The Golden Apple, 1667
A variation of the Underworld scene can be seen below.
The designer of the opera was Ludovico Ottavio Burnacini, the prints were engraved by Mathäus Küsel.
"Il pomo d'oro (The Golden Apple) was performed for the wedding of Emperor Leopold I. It was far more elaborate than contemporary Venetian operas, including a large orchestra, numerous choruses, and various mechanical devices used to stage things like gods descending from heaven (deus ex machina), naval battles, and storms. Orontea was revived seventeen times in the next thirty years, making it one of the most frequently performed operas on the continent in the mid-17th century." - quote source
More information about the opera here.
More engravings of the Opera designs can be viewed at Virtuelles Kupferstichkabinett.
Posted by Aeron at 3/31/2012