Isabeau (Pietro Mascagni) – dossier

Dramatic legend in 3 parts

By Pietro Mascagni

Libretto: Luigi Illica

First performed: Teatro Coliseo, Buenos Aires, 2 June 1911, conducted by the composer

My review

Libretto, with English translation


  • Isabeau (soprano): Maria Farneti
  • Ermyntrude (soprano): Olga Simzis
  • Ermyngarde (soprano): Amalia Columbo
  • Giglietta or Giglieretta (soprano): Maria Pozzi
  • Folco (tenor): Antonio Saluda
  • King Raimondo (baritone): Carlo Galeffi
  • Messer Cornelius (baritone): Giuseppe La Puma
  • Il Cavalier Faïdit (The Outlaw Knight) (baritone): Dentale Teofido
  • L’Araldo maggiore (The Herald-in-chief) (baritone)
  • Arundel of Westerne
  • Ethelbert d’Argile (Ethelbert of Argyle)
  • Randolfo di Dublino (Randolph of Dublin)
  • Ubaldo di Guascogna (Ubaldus of Gascony)
  • Women of the People; Women of the Court; Dignitaries and Counsellors of the Throne; Pages; Servants; Young Maidens; Esquires; Heralds; Equerries; Populace; Vassals


In the fair, far days when Legend overspread the world; when, in the warm breath of a springtide of ideality, the Flower of Phantasy flourished and bloomed into the Hero or the Heroine, in lowly cottages or in the Golden Realms above—among the children of the glebe and wood or among blond maidens of high degree: the Poetry of Peoples and of Kings.


Part I: Il Mattino (Morning)

Part II: Il Meriggio (Midday)

Part III: La Sera (Evening)