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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (2): 65–82.
Published: 01 April 2010
...William Gibbons The magician Zoroastro plays a critical role in Handel's opera Orlando (1733). He opens the first act with a dramatic monologue, keeps the hero Orlando from wreaking too much havoc in his madness, and eventually brings the opera to a peaceful conclusion. Despite his importance...
Journal Article
Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (3): 52–82.
Published: 01 September 2022
... seem even more contrived than necessary. Orlando has some splendid moments, but basically all the problems stem from the hero's madness—and since the magician Zoroastro prevents all harm from occurring, there is little to worry about. We get a fine display of madness, but little dramatic tension...