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Francesco Mancini
Il zelo animato, ovvero Il Gran Profeta Elia.
Drama tragisagro per musica

edited by Anthony R. DelDonna


The present edition is based on the autograph manuscript score, parts and printed libretto of Francesco Mancini's opera Il zelo animato, which was created for performance by the students of the Neapolitan conservatory Santa Maria di Loreto in 1733. The sources of the opera (score, parts and libretto) are located in the Biblioteca del Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella. The drama recounts in three acts the Old Testament narratives presented in Kings I & II, regarding the prophet Elia and his successor Eliseo. The central themes of the libretto preserve Elia's crusade against Acab of Samaria and his wife Jezabelle, who have sanctioned the murder of the prophets in favor of Baale and introduced a multitude of foreign priests. The drama is enhanced through the inclusion of other Old Testament personages, in particular Ocozia, Abdia, Nabot and Benadab. The libretto also features the accretion of comedic characters including the three personages of Tufolo, Masillo, and Renzullo, who speak only in Neapolitan. Mancini's music reflects the Neapolitan stage of the primo Settecento, whether tragic or comic, presenting an array of contemporary musical techniques and styles, including diverse types of recitatives, arias, and ensembles.

Anthony R. DelDonna is Associate Professor of Musicology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses in music history. His research focuses on the eighteenth-century and in particular Neapolitan music, musicians and culture. Prof. DelDonna's research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Eighteenth-Century Studies, Early Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, Recercare, Studi musicali and Civiltà musicale and essays in scholarly volumes dedicated to the eighteenth century. DelDonna is the author of the monograph Opera, Theatrical Culture and Society in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples published by Ashgate Press (2012); co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Opera (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009); co-editor of Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America (St. Joseph University Press, 2014) and editor for Genre and Music in the 18th century (Ann Arbor: Steglein Press, 2008). Together with Antonio Caroccia, DelDonna is publishing the complete works for clarinet by the nineteenth-century virtuoso Ferdinando Sebastiani (1803-1860) for Castejon Music Editions. Prof. DelDonna's forthcoming publications include "Cantatas in Honor of San Gennaro: Early Modern Martyr, Miracle Worker and Musical Protagonist" (The Journal of Musicology, 2016); "Tradition, Innovation, and Experimentation: the dramatic stage and new modes of performance in late eighteenth-century Naples" (Quaderni di italianistica; 2015); the critical edition of the oratorio Trionfo per l'Assunzione della Santissima Vergine (LIM, 2015).

ISMN 979­0­705061­37­6 (Full Score – Digital Edition)