Silla (Sulla)
  • George Frideric Handel. Opera in three acts. 1713.
  • Libretto by Giacomo Rossi.
  • Possibly first performed privately at the Queen’s Theatre, London, in 1713.

The Roman dictator Sulla behaves with great arrogance, seeking to take the wife of Lepidus, Flavia, or to enjoy the love of Celia, who is herself loyal to him but in love with the dissident Claudius. Matters are finally resolved by the departure, shipwreck and abdication of Sulla.

Details of the first staging of Silla are unknown and the surviving parts of the score do not fully match the word-book. The work was apparently written in haste.