performer from ENO production of Teseo

Act I
The opera begins with a “warlike symphony” and the sound of an offstage battle in which a foreign prince, Teseo, is fighting on behalf of King Egeo of Athens. (Teseo is in fact Egeo’s son, who was sent away to Troezen as a child but has now returned to the Athenian court in disguise.)

Agilea loves Teseo and tells her confidante, Clizia, of her fears concerning the hero’s fate following his departure for battle as commander-in-chief of the Athenian armies.