Handel's opera, a co-production with the Earl of Holderness, was first performed on 10 January 1741 at London's Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, but received only two more performances at a time when the public was becoming tired of Italian opera. The work was Handel's last Italian opera, and he subsequently turned his attention to composing oratorios. The opera was revived in the 1950s and is occasionally staged, e.g. the 2012 staging by David Alden for Netherlands Opera. It has also been recorded..

Librettist Paolo Antonio Rolli
Date of composition 1740
Premiered 1741, January 10th (London: Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre) in London, UK
Type Opera
Catalogue HWV 42
Spoken language Italian
Instruments Orchestra
Voice (Soprano) - Deidamia, daughter of Licomede
Voice (Soprano) - Nerea, friend of Deidamia
Voice (Soprano) - Achille (Achilles), in women's dress, under the name of Pirra
Voice (Contralto) - Ulisse (Odysseus), King of Ithaca, using the name Antiloco
Voice (Bass) - Fenice (Phoenix), King of Argos
Voice (Bass) - Licomede (Lycomedes), King of Skyros
Autotranslations beta Georg Friedrich Haendel: Deidamia, HWV 42
Georg Friedrich Händel: Deidamia, HWV 42
Georg Friedrich Händel: Deidamia, HWV 42