La virtù dei strali d'Amore

La virtù dei strali d'Amore (The Power of Cupid's Arrows) is an opera in three acts by the Italian composer Francesco Cavalli to a libretto by Giovanni Faustini. It premiered at the Teatro San Cassiano, Venice in 1642 and was revived in Bologna in 1648.

The opera was most recently revived by Bowling Green State University, in collaboration with the Eastman School of Music, fall of 2007.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 1642
(Conductor: - )
Amore soprano
Cleria soprano
Clito soprano
Darete baritone
Eumete soprano
Marzio baritone
Venere soprano
Meonte tenor
Pallante tenor


The plot concerns Princess Cleria of Cyprus who is freed from captivity by Prince Pallante of Thrace. In spite of this, Cleria does not return Pallante's love until she accidentally wounds herself with one of Cupid's arrows.


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