90. Maria di Rudenz (Gaetano Donizetti)

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Salvadore Cammarano, after Anicet-Bourgeois, Cuvelier & Maillan’s La nonne sanglante; Matthew Lewis’ The Monk First performed: Teatro La Fenice, Venice, 30 January 1838 Maria di Rudenz is, Charles Osborne says, "complex, overwrought, and grisly" - and, in the cold light of day, it certainly seems lurid. Fratricide; a soprano who dies three times  (she comes … Continue reading 90. Maria di Rudenz (Gaetano Donizetti)

65. Caterina Cornaro (Gaetano Donizetti)

CATERINA CORNARO Opera seria in a prologue and two acts By Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Giacomo Saccherò First performed: Teatro San Carlo, Naples, 12 January 1844 Great minds think alike; my friend Phil posted about this opera on his blog this morning. "I am waiting with anxiety the news of the fiasco of Caterina Cornaro at Naples," Donizetti wrote … Continue reading 65. Caterina Cornaro (Gaetano Donizetti)

54. L’elisir d’amore (Gaetano Donizetti)

Melodramma giocoso in 2 acts Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Librettist: Felice Romani, after Eugène Scribe’s libretto for Le philtre, opera by Auber (1831) First performed: Teatro della Canobbiana, Milan, 12 May 1832 English language libretto Elisir was a rush job; the theatre commissioned the work after another composer defaulted.  Librettist Felice Romani adapted the book of Auber's Philtre, a hit … Continue reading 54. L’elisir d’amore (Gaetano Donizetti)

10. I pazzi per progetto (Gaetano Donizetti)

I PAZZI PER PROGETTO Farsa posta in musica By Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Domenico Gilardoni First performance: Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, 6 February 1830.  Performed to only a half full theatre, because of a ball, but Donizetti thought the performance "went off very brilliantly" (Charles Osborne, Bel Canto Operas of Rossini, Donizettti and Bellini).  Performed … Continue reading 10. I pazzi per progetto (Gaetano Donizetti)

8. Marino Faliero (Gaetano Donizetti)

MARINO FALIERO Tragedia lirica in 3 acts By Gaetano Donizetti Libretto : Giovanni Emanuele Bidera, after Casimir Delavigne’s Marino Faliero Donizetti's 45th opera. First performed : Théâtre Italien, Paris, 12 March 1835, a couple of months after Bellini's Puritani premiered at the same theatre.  Rossini had commissioned both composers to write operas for Paris.  Both were hits, … Continue reading 8. Marino Faliero (Gaetano Donizetti)