Dramma per musica in Two Acts by Andrea Leone Tottola
Distributed for Fondazione Rossini
This critical edition is the first publication of Ermione in full score.
The originality and power of Rossini's score lie in the musical realization of the four principal characters in Tottola's libretto—four survivors of the Trojan war—based on Racine's tragedy Andromaque. Rossini's Ermione was one of the most fully developed characters in nineteenth-century opera. The work's musical structure also was unconventional for its day. All the solo numbers involve other characters, and there is only one scene for a single protagonist.