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'Ginevra of Sicily' ('Ariodante'), opera by George Frideric Handel

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MS. Mus. d. 285

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'Ginevra of Sicily. Grand serious opera composed [as Ariodante] in 1734 by George Frideric Handel. The libretto written & the music arranged & adapted for dramatic representation [pencil addition: on the English stage] by M. Rophino Lacy. This edition of Handel's opera of Ginevra of Sicily never before published, being the only one extant in its present form of arrangement is copyright'. Vocal score with English words and piano accompaniment, in Lacy's hand. The adaptation, though mainly from Ariodante, also includes music from other works of Handel, supplemented by new material presumably composed by Lacy. It probably dates from the 1830s or 1840s and was apparently never orchestrated or produced.


  • Creation: [1830s-1840s]


406 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MS. Mus. d. 285

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15987


Vocal score of 'Ginevra of Sicily' as adapted from George Frideric Handel's opera Ariodante [HWV 33] by Michael Rophino Lacy, with further music from other works of Handel and new material presumably composed by Lacy, [1830s-1840s].

Biographical / Historical

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) was a composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Michael Rophino Lacy (1795-1867) was a violinist, composer, actor and playwright. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Faculty of Music Library, 1995.


For details see Brian Trowell, 'Michael Rophino Lacy and Ginevra of Sicily: a 19th-century adaptation of Handel's Ariodante', (The Handel Institute Newsletter, vol. 6 no. 1 (1995), pp. 1-3).

Physical Facet

Binding: half calf with buckram covered boards.


Folio (300 × 245 mm)

'Ginevra of Sicily' ('Ariodante'), opera by George Frideric Handel
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