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Il re pastore, K208

composer
1775
author of text

 
The opera is set in Sidon, Phoenicia, in 332 BC. Alexander the Great has just conquered the city, overthrowing the tyrannical usurper Strato. Before moving on to further conquests he determines to find Abdolonimo, the rightful heir to the throne, who has been brought up in humble obscurity, unaware of his true identity.

Act One
A wide pleasant landscape in the hills outside Sidon
Elisa excitedly tells her beloved Aminta that her mother finally supports their union, and she rushes off to see her father. Alexander interrogates Aminta and, impressed by his candour and nobility, is convinced that this shepherd really is Abdolonimo, the rightful heir to the throne. Agenore recognises his beloved Tamiri, Strato’s daughter, who is now in hiding and disguised as a shepherdess, following Alexander’s victory over her father. Agenore is unable to persuade Tamiri to reveal herself to Alexander, but vows to come back to her soon. To Tamiri’s great joy and relief, he reassures her that he still loves her.

Elisa now returns to tell Aminta that her father has consented to their marriage, but before they can leave Agenore arrives to proclaim that Aminta is the rightful king. Aminta and Elisa are astounded, and waver uncertainly between excitement and fear.

Act Two
Alexander’s camp
Elisa is looking for Aminta, but Agenore prevents them from seeing each other. Alexander regrets not being able to forgive Tamiri publicly, and worries about the damage this will do to his reputation. When Agenore mentions that he knows where Tamiri is hiding, Alexander, blithely unaware of anyone’s amorous attachments, decides that it would be a political masterstroke for Aminta to marry Tamiri; duty and honour prevent the horrified Agenore from protesting.

A large cave
Aminta is still unresolved as to whether to accept the throne, but when Agenore arrives he ambiguously declares that he has finally decided to fulfil his duty. For Aminta, this duty involves renouncing the throne and remaining true to Elisa, but Agenore assumes that Aminta has decided to become king and to take Tamiri’s hand. He urges Aminta to take good care of his new bride, and Aminta, thinking he is referring to Elisa, assures him that he will always remain loving and devoted to her. Elisa is devastated when she hears that Aminta is to marry Tamiri, while Tamiri is appalled that Agenore could so readily give her up to someone else.

The outer courtyard of the Temple of Hercules in Sidon
As Alexander asks the gods to look favourably on his plans, Tamiri tells him of Agenore’s sacrifice and of their love. Elisa likewise opens her heart to Alexander, imploring him to help. Aminta then arrives in his shepherd’s clothes, renouncing his royal position in favour of his flock and marriage to Elisa. Alexander, moved by such courage and honesty, appoints Aminta and Elisa to the throne of Sidon, and promises Tamiri and Agenore another kingdom to rule. All ends happily.

Ian Page © 2015

Recordings

Mozart: Il re pastore
Studio Master: SIGCD433Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Mozart: An Italian Journey
Studio Master: SIGCD251Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Mozart: The A-Z of Mozart Opera
Studio Master: SIGCD373Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Act 1 Scene 1 No 1: Overture
Track 1 on SIGCD433 CD1 [2'53] Download only
Act 1 Scene 1 No 2. Aria: Intendo, amico rio (Aminta)
Track 2 on SIGCD433 CD1 [2'06] Download only
Act 1 Scene 1 No 3. Recitativo: Bella Elisa, idol mio (Aminta/Elisa)
Track 3 on SIGCD433 CD1 [3'25] Download only
Act 1 Scene 1 No 4. Aria: Alla selva, al prato, al fonte (Elisa)
Track 4 on SIGCD433 CD1 [5'30] Download only
Act 1 Scene 2 No 1. Recitativo (concert version): Compagne amene (Aminta)
Track 18 on SIGCD433 CD1 [1'14] Download only
Act 1 Scene 2 No 1. Recitativo: Perdono, amici Dei (Aminta/Agenore/Alessandro)
Track 5 on SIGCD433 CD1 [3'09] Download only
Act 1 Scene 2 No 2. Aria: Aer tranquillo e dì sereni (Aminta)
Track 6 on SIGCD433 CD1 [6'13] Download only
Act 1 Scene 2 No 2. Recitativo accompagnato (concert version): Ditelo voi pastori (Aminta)
Track 19 on SIGCD433 CD1 [2'11] Download only
Act 1 Scene 2 No 3. Aria (concert version): Aer tranquillo e dì sereni (Aminta)
Track 20 on SIGCD433 CD1 [6'20] Download only
Act 1 Scene 3 No 1. Recitativo: Or che dici, Alessandro? (Agenore/Alessandro)
Track 7 on SIGCD433 CD1 [1'08] Download only
Act 1 Scene 3 No 2. Aria: Si spande al sole in faccia (Alessandro)
Track 8 on SIGCD433 CD1 [4'37] Download only
Act 1 Scene 4 No 1. Recitativo: Agenore? T'arresta (Tamiri/Agenore)
Track 9 on SIGCD433 CD1 [2'10] Download only
Act 1 Scene 4 No 2. Aria: Per me rispondete (Agenore)
Track 10 on SIGCD433 CD1 [3'35] Download only
Act 1 Scene 5 No 1. Recitativo: No, voi non siete, o Dei (Tamiri)
Track 11 on SIGCD433 CD1 [0'34] Download only
Act 1 Scene 5 No 2. Aria: Di tante sue procelle (Tamiri)
Track 12 on SIGCD433 CD1 [4'16] Download only
Act 1 Scene 6. Recitativo: Oh lieto giorno! oh me felice (Elisa/Aminta)
Track 13 on SIGCD433 CD1 [1'11] Download only
Act 1 Scene 7. Recitativo: Dal più fedel vassallo (Agenore/Elisa/Aminta)
Track 14 on SIGCD433 CD1 [2'09] Download only
Act 1 Scene 8 No 1. Recitativo: Elisa! Aminta! È sogno? (Aminta/Elisa)
Track 15 on SIGCD433 CD1 [0'31] Download only
Act 1 Scene 8 No 2. Recitativo accompagnato: Che? m'affretti a lasciarti? (Aminta/Elisa)
Track 16 on SIGCD433 CD1 [3'02] Download only
Act 1 Scene 8 No 3. Duetto: Vanne a regnar, ben mio (Elisa/Aminta)
Track 17 on SIGCD433 CD1 [6'03] Download only
Act 2 Scene 01 No 1. Recitativo: Questa del campo greco (Elisa/Agenore)
Track 1 on SIGCD433 CD2 [2'13] Download only
Act 2 Scene 01 No 2. Aria: Barbaro, oh Dio! mi vedi (Elisa)
Track 2 on SIGCD433 CD2 [4'56] Download only
Act 2 Scene 02. Recitativo: Nel gran cor d'Alessandro (Agenore/Aminta)
Track 3 on SIGCD433 CD2 [2'28] Download only
Act 2 Scene 03. Recitativo: Per qual ragione resta il re (Alessandro/Aminta)
Track 4 on SIGCD433 CD2 [1'57] Download only
Act 2 Scene 04 No 1. Recitativo: Or per la mia Tamiri (Agenore/Alessandro)
Track 5 on SIGCD433 CD2 [3'24] Download only
Act 2 Scene 04 No 2. Aria: Se vincendo vi rendo felici (Alessandro)
Track 5 on SIGCD251 [6'04] Download only
Track 6 on SIGCD433 CD2 [6'04] Download only
Act 2 Scene 05. Recitativo: Oimè! declina il sol (Aminta)
Track 7 on SIGCD433 CD2 [0'47] Download only
Act 2 Scene 06 No 1. Recitativo: E irresoluto ancora (Agenore/Aminta)
Track 8 on SIGCD433 CD2 [1'08] Download only
Act 2 Scene 06 No 2. Rondeaux: L'amerò, sarò costante (Aminta)
Track 9 on SIGCD433 CD2 [7'03] Download only
Act 2 Scene 07. Recitativo: Uscite, alfine uscite (Agenore)
Track 10 on SIGCD433 CD2 [0'13] Download only
Act 2 Scene 08. Recitativo: Ma senti, Agenore (Elisa/Agenore)
Track 11 on SIGCD433 CD2 [1'36] Download only
Act 2 Scene 09 No 1. Recitativo: Povera ninfa! io ti compiango (Agenore/Tamiri)
Track 12 on SIGCD433 CD2 [1'15] Download only
Act 2 Scene 09 No 2. Aria: Se tu di me fai dono (Tamiri)
Track 13 on SIGCD433 CD2 [4'32] Download only
Act 2 Scene 10 No 1. Recitativo: Misero cor! (Agenore)
Track 14 on SIGCD433 CD2 [0'22] Download only
Act 2 Scene 10 No 2. Aria: Sol può dir come si trova (Agenore)
Track 7 on SIGCD251 [2'49] Download only
Track 15 on SIGCD433 CD2 [2'50] Download only
Act 2 Scene 11 No 1. Aria: Voi, che fausti ognor donate (Alessandro)
Track 16 on SIGCD433 CD2 [3'54] Download only
Act 2 Scene 11 No 2. Recitativo: Olà! che più si tarda? (Alessandro/Tamiri/Agenore)
Track 17 on SIGCD433 CD2 [0'37] Download only
Act 2 Scene 12. Recitativo: Ah giustizia, signor (Elisa/Alessandro)
Track 18 on SIGCD433 CD2 [1'03] Download only
Act 2 Scene 13 No 1. Recitativo: Signore, io sono Aminta (Aminta/Alessandro/Agenore/Elisa/Tamiri)
Track 19 on SIGCD433 CD2 [1'49] Download only
Act 2 Scene 13 No 2. Coro: Viva l'invitto duce (Elisa/Tamiri/Aminta/Agenore/Alessandro)
Track 7 on SIGCD373 [6'26] Download only
Track 20 on SIGCD433 CD2 [6'13] Download only

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