Re Lear (Antonio Cagnoni) – dossier

Tragedia lirica in 4 acts

Composer: Antonio Cagnoni

Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni, after Shakespeare

Composed c. 1880-1885.

First performed: Martina Franca, 19 July 2009, conducted by Massimiliano Caldi

My review


CHARACTERS

  • RE LEAR (baritone): Costantino Finucci
  • CORDELIA, his daughter (soprano): Serena Daolio
  • GONERILLA, his daughter (soprano): Maria Leone
  • REGANA, his daughter (mezzo-soprano): Eufemia Tufano
  • Il duca di CORNOVAGLIA, Regana’s husband (tenor): Giovanni Coletta
  • Conte di GLOSTER (bass): Vladimir Mebonia
  • EDGARO, his legitimate son (tenor): Danilo Formaggia
  • EDMONDO, his illegitimate son (baritone): Cristian Camilo Navarro Diaz
  • Il conte di KENT, noble loyal to Lear (baritone): Domenico Colaianni
  • Il MATTEO (The Fool) (soprano): Rasha Talaat

STRUCTURE

ACT I

Great hall in the palace of King Lear

  1. Introduzione

ACT II

Countryside near Dover

2. Scena ed Aria (Edgardo)

3. Scena e Duetto (Cordelia, Edgardo)

A magnificent hall in Regana’s palace

4. Finale II

ACT III

A thick wood; very far away, Glocester’s castle

5. Preludio, Scena e Romanza (Edgardo)

6. Coro e Tempesta

7. Scena e Quartette (Matteo, Edgardo, Lear, Gloster)

Garden near Cordelia’s house

8. Coro, Scena e Duetto (Cordelia, Lear)

ACT IV

A hall in Glocester’s castle

9. Scena ed Aria (Regana)

10. Scena ed Duetto (Regana, Edgardo)

The rebels’ camp, not far from Glocester’s castle

11. Coro e Ballabile

12. Scena e Finale ultimo