There are two separate issues of Ferdinando Saracinelli's libretto; USTC lists ten copies in all, without distinguishing between them. This is the longer of the two issues, 45 pages, signed A-F4, of which there are copies in the British Library (11715.cc.20.) the Houghton Library at Harvard (Theatre Collection, TS 8385.598 1625) and the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris. In fact, the standard bibliographies only mention the shorter 36-page issue. This issue does not contain Andrea Salvadori's sonnet in praise of Saracinelli (page 4 has a cast list instead), but priority has yet to be established. Francesca Caccini's music was also published at this time (RISM C 3 (five copies)), the only opera by her to survive.
La liberazione di Ruggiero was first performed on 3 February 1625 at the Villa di Poggio Imperiale in Florence, in honour of the visit of the Polish Prince Wladislaw ("Ladislao"), the future King Sigismund IV of Poland (1595-1648). Watanabe-O'Kelly & Simon do not record this opera but only a shorter piece given to celebrate the same event, Salvadori's La precedenza delle dame with music by Jacopo Peri. Ferdinando Saracinelli's feminist libretto was praised for the beauty of the sirens' songs, Francesca Caccini's music for her distinction between male characters, who sing in sharp keys, and female characters, who sing in flat keys. The engraved plates are of special note, in particular the first plate showing part of the villa itself, destroyed in the 18th century.
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