Salieri mingled elements of comic opera and heroic opera to produce a work that was a popular success at the time of its first performance, also partly due to the grandiose staging that is called for.
|Cast||Voice type||Premiere, October 14, 1795|
(Conductor: - )
|Palmira, a princess||soprano|
|Alderano, King of Egypt||bass|
|Oronte, King of Scythia||bass|
|Alcidoro, King of India||tenor|
|Darius, King of Persia||bass|
Set in ancient Persia, three Kings, arriving variously on a camel, an elephant and a horse, vie for the honour of killing a monster and winning the hand of the Persian princess Palmira.