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Cymon is a five-act opera composed by Michael Arne, with a libretto by David Garrick.[1]

Cymon and Iphigenia is a novella taken from Boccaccio's Decamerone and developed later by the poet and dramatist John Dryden. Cymon tells the story of a captive prince who falls in love with a shepherdess named Sylvia. The prince's captor, Urganda, threatens to punish Sylvia, but Merlin the magician frustrates her plans, allowing the lovers to unite.[1]

Cymon was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London on 2 January 1767. A subsequent 64 performances, in seven seasons, made it Michael Arne's biggest success.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Parkinson, John A. "Cymon". Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)