ROSSINI: Ermione

Music composed by Gioachino Rossini. Libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola
after Jean Racineís Andromaque.

First Performance: 27 March 1819, Teatro San Carlo,

Principal Characters:
Ermione [Hermione], daughter of Menelaus and HÈlËne, promised to
Andromaca [Andromaque], widow of Hector and captive of Pyrrhus Contralto
Astianatte [Astyanax], son of Andromaque Silent
Pirro [Pyrrhus], son of Achille, king of …pire (Ipiros) Tenor
Oreste, son of Agamemnon Tenor
Pilade [Pylade], friend of Oreste Tenor
Fenicio [Phoenix], tutor to Achille and then to Pyrrhus Bass
Cleone [ClÈone], confidante of Hermione Mezzo-Soprano
Cefisa [CÈphise], confidante of Andromaque Mezzo-Soprano
Attalo [Attalus], servant of Pyrrhus Tenor

Setting: Buthrot, city of …pire (Ipiros), in a room of
Pirro’s palace.


After having defeated the Trojans, Pirro returns to his country with
numerous prisoners among which there is Andromaca and her child, Astianatte.
Pirro breaks his promise to Ermione because of his love for Andromaca.
Remaining faithful to the memory of Hector, Andromaca rejects his advances.
Oreste, who has been sent to Buthrote by the Greek kings to demand that Pirro
fulfill his duty, declares his love to Ermione. Yet Ermione, tormented by
jealousy, seeks to regain the heart of Pirro. Ermione rejects Oreste and his
demand for the death of Astianatte (so as to avoid inevitable revenge). But,
Pirro, in the presence of the court and Ermione, asks Andromaca to marry him.
Andromaca falsely consents to the wedding, but in reality she wants only to
save her child. Humiliated, Ermione induces Oreste to kill Pirro. When Oreste
shows her the bloody dagger, Ermione is horrified and calls the Furies upon
him. Oreste, stunned and delirious, is dragged away by his companions to a

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Andromaca: Diana Mondague
Pirro: Jorge Lopez-YaÒez
Oreste: Bruce Ford
Pilade: Paul Austin Kelly
Fenicio: Gwynne Howell
Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra, Andrew Davis (cond.)
Live performance, 30 May 1995, Glyndebourne