The opening scene introduces Venus and Ascanio, the son she had by Aeneas. (In most classical sources, Venus/Aphrodite is the mother of Aeneas.) The goddess vaunts the charms of Alba and invites her son to go and rule there. She urges him not to reveal his identity to Silvia, a nymph to whom he is betrothed, but to introduce himself to her under a false identity to test her virtue. While shepherds summon their promised ruler, Fauno reveals that the smiling face of Aceste, a priest, is a sign that the day will be a day of supreme happiness. Obeying the goddess, Ascanio pretends to be a foreigner attracted by the beauties of the place. Aceste tells the shepherds that their valley will be the site of a fine city and that they will have a sovereign, Ascanio, before the day is out. He also informs Silvia that she will be Ascanio’s bride, but she replies that she is in love with a young man she has seen in a dream. The priest reassures her, saying the young man in her dream can be none other than Ascanio. Venus then appears to Ascanio and asks him to test the girl a little longer before revealing his true identity.

Librettist Giuseppe Parini
Date of composition 1771
Premiered 1771, October 17th (Teatro Regio Ducal) in Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Type Pastoral Opera
Catalogue KV 111
Spoken language Italian
Instruments Voice - Solo voices ;
Chorus/Choir - Genii, Shepherds & Shepherdesses
Voice (Soprano) - Venere (Venus)
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Ascanio, her son, son of Aeneas
Voice (Soprano) - Silvia, a nymph descended from Hercules
Voice (Tenor) - Aceste, a priest of Venus
Voice (Castrato) - Soprano ; Fauno, a shepherd
Autotranslations beta Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, KV 111