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Discovering “Il Melodramma di Pietro Metastasio” through the essay by Luca Lupoli

Naples, June 26th, 2024 – The new essay by Maestro Luca Lupoli has been published, entitled “Il Melodramma di Pietro Metastasio, il Primato del Testo“, released by the publishing house “Pagine”.

Lupoli’s work, enriched by the biographical, bibliographical and source research conducted by the soprano Maestro Olga De Maio, is based on an accurate analysis of Metastasio’s correspondence. The preface of the text is by Prof. Ettore Massarese, renowned director, actor, professor of Italian Theater Literature and Performing Arts at the Federico II University of Naples, the beautiful cover graphics were designed and created by Prof. Giuseppe De Maio, professor of Art and graphic designer.

The work represents an in-depth study of the works and correspondence of the famous poet Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi, known as Metastasio (1698-1782).

The author, exploring the works and correspondence of the famous poet Pietro Metastasio (1698-1782), leads us in a fascinating investigation into the expressive superiority of poetry in melodrama, recalling the model of Greek tragedy and reaffirming the primacy of the poetic text over other performing arts, which influenced the greatest opera composers such as Verdi, Wagner and Puccini.

The poet, through verbal language, is presented as a prestigious intellectual, to whom painters, architects, composers and musicians should bring great consideration, while on stage they have always behaved as rivals.

Hence the affirmation of the expressive superiority of poetry, over all other “subaltern” arts, emerges forcefully in Lupoli’s work, which exalts poetry’s ability to speak to people’s minds and hearts, in an analysis that recalls the model of Greek tragedy.

The essay develops through three main paths:

1. Metastasio’s correspondence as a place for a theory of the text for music;
2. Culmination of the first phase with Dido Abandoned, textual verifications;
3. The Caesarean poet, text and ideological debate in Vienna, textual verifications.

An unmissable contribution for theater and music enthusiasts, published by Casa Editrice Pagine.

Those interested can find the text on the publisher Pagine’s website at www.pagine.net/prodotto/il-melodramma-di-pietro-metastasio.

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