63. Legenda Bałtyku (Feliks Nowowiejski)

Opera in 3 acts By Feliks Nowowiejski Libretto: Waleria Szalay-Groele, Krystyna Jeżewska First performed: Poznań, Poland, 28 November 1924 Dossier Feliks Nowowiejski (1877-1946) is almost unknown outside Poland, but in the early 20th century he was seen as Poland's most important living composer. His oratorio Quo vadis?, based on Sienkiewicz's novel, was performed around the world until … Continue reading 63. Legenda Bałtyku (Feliks Nowowiejski)

21. Friedenstag (Richard Strauss)

FRIEDENSTAG Oper in 1 act Op. 81, TrV 271 By Richard Strauss Librettist: Joseph Gregor, after Stefan Zweig First performed: Nationaltheater, Munich, 24 July 1838 Dossier. STORY THE COMMANDANT (baritone) MARIA, his wife (soprano) SERGEANT (bass) CORPORAL (tenor) PRIVATE SOLDIER (tenor) MUSKETEER (bass) BUGLER (baritone) OFFICER (baritone) FRONT-LINE OFFICER (baritone) A PIEDMONTESE (tenor) THE HOLSTEINER, commanding the besieging army (bass) THE BURGOMASTER … Continue reading 21. Friedenstag (Richard Strauss)

20. Tosca (Giacomo Puccini)

Melodrama in 3 acts By Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, after Victorien Sardou's play La Tosca (1887) First performed : Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 14 January 1900 Dossier. STORY Floria TOSCA, famous singer (soprano) Mario CAVARADOSSI, painter (tenor) Il Barone SCARPIA, Head of the Police (baritone) SETTING: Rome, June 1800 Synopsis, based on English version by W. … Continue reading 20. Tosca (Giacomo Puccini)

19. At the Boar’s Head & The Wandering Scholar (Gustav Holst)

AT THE BOAR’S HEAD A musical interlude in one act The libretto taken from Shakespeare’s King Henry IV The music, founded on old English melodies, by Gustav Holst (Op. 42) First performed: Palace Theatre, Manchester, 3 April 1925 Dossier. STORY Sir John FALSTAFF (bass) PRINCE HAL (tenor) POINS (bass) BARDOLPH (baritone) PETO (tenor) GADSHILL (baritone) PISTOL (baritone) PISTOL'S TWO COMPANIONS (baritones) HOSTESS (DAME … Continue reading 19. At the Boar’s Head & The Wandering Scholar (Gustav Holst)

15. Germania (Alberto Franchetti)

GERMANIA Dramma lirico in a prologue, 2 scenes, and an epilogue By Alberto Franchetti Libretto : Luigi Illica First performed : Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 11 March 1902 Dossier. English / Italian libretto STORY A gripping historical opera by the rival of Puccini. GIOVANNI FILIPPO PALM (bass) FEDERICO LOEWE, student (tenor) CARLO WORMS, student (baritone) CRISOGONO, student (baritone) RICKE (soprano) JANE, her sister (mezzo-soprano) … Continue reading 15. Germania (Alberto Franchetti)

5. Hélène (Camille Saint-Saëns)

HÉLÈNE Poème lyrique en un acte Music and libretto by Camille Saint-Saëns First performed: Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, 18 February 1904 The opera was performed in London, Milan & Frankfurt in 1904; ran for seven performances at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, in January 1905; and for another 7 performances at the Paris Opéra in June 1919. For … Continue reading 5. Hélène (Camille Saint-Saëns)