Jommelli composed L'Olimpiade in honor of the birthday celebration of Duke Carl Eugen, his regal employer in Stuttgart. The duke often chose the subjects for his operas, but the creation of the theatrical work was left entirely up to Jommelli, who had almost unlimited resources at his disposal. L'Olimpiade is one of Pietro Metastasio's finest libretti. It was written in 1733 in honor of the birthday of the Empress Elizabeth of Germany, and was set in the eighteenth century over 30 times. The ballets between the acts of L'Olimpiade were composed and directed by the renowned reformist and inventor of ballet d'action Jean Georges Noverre.
Description by Rita Laurance
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