75. Sāvitri (Gustav Holst)

Chamber opera in 1 act Composer & librettist: Gustav Holst First performed: Wellington Hall, London, 5 December 1916 (amateur performance) First professional performance: Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, 23 June 1921, conducted by Arthur Bliss CHARACTERS SĀVITRI (soprano): Dorothy Silk SATYAVĀN, her husband (tenor): Steuart Wilson DEATH (bass): Clive Carey SETTING Ancient India STORY Sāvitri is the story of the loyal … Continue reading 75. Sāvitri (Gustav Holst)

72. Capriccio (Richard Strauss)

CAPRICCIO “A Conversation Piece for Music” in 1 act Composer: Richard Strauss Libretto: Clemens Krauss and Richard Strauss First performed: Nationaltheater München, Munich, Germany, 28 October 1942, conducted by Clemens Krauss Dossier We continue our series on the world's dullest operas with Strauss's last offering, an artistic debate performed in the middle of WWII. Uncyclopedia gives this … Continue reading 72. Capriccio (Richard Strauss)

69. Adriana Lecouvreur (Francesco Cilea)

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR Composer: Francesco Cilea Stageplay by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé reduced to 4 acts for the lyric stage by Arturo Colautti First performed: Teatro Lirico, Milan, 6 November 1902, conducted by Cleofonte Campanini Dossier Cilea slays it with flowers in this tale of love and rivalry in 18th century Paris. CHARACTERS MAURIZIO, conte di … Continue reading 69. Adriana Lecouvreur (Francesco Cilea)

66. Turandot (Giacomo Puccini)

Lyric drama in 3 acts and 5 scenes Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Giuseppe Adami & Renato Simoni, after Carlo Gozzi's commedia dell'arte Chinoiserie Turandotte (1762) First performed: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 25 April 1926 Dossier   Turandot was Puccini's last opera: a dream-like work set in Ancient China about a frigid princess who beheads her suitors, … Continue reading 66. Turandot (Giacomo Puccini)

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)