“Papiria was sung by the mezzo Elisabeth Irvine. She not only took on the mantle of the stricken hero’s loving wife, embodying the conflict between romantic love and duty to her father, Papirio, but also that of Mrs Faustina Hasse. She did this with considerable style and panache, winning the hearts of most of the men in the audience as well as displaying a coquettish smile throughout her thrilling coloratura.” Opera Britannica