67. Der Schauspieldirektor (W.A. Mozart)

DER SCHAUSPIELDIREKTOR Komische Operette in 1 act - KV 486 Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Gottlieb Stephanie the Younger First performed: Schönnbrunn Palace, Vienna, 7 February 1786; Kärntnertor Theater, Vienna, 11 February 1786 Dossier An imperial command is hard to refuse.  Mozart, halfway through a little number called The Marriage of Figaro, was ordered to compose after-dinner … Continue reading 67. Der Schauspieldirektor (W.A. Mozart)

50. Ariadne auf Naxos (Richard Strauss)

Opera in 1 act By Richard Strauss Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal First performed: Hoftheater Stuttgart, 25 October 1912, as a 30-minute accompaniment to Molière’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme.  Revised version: Vienna State Opera, 4 October 1916. Dossier "The thirty-minute opera for small chamber orchestra ... is as good as complete in my head," Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Viennese playwright … Continue reading 50. Ariadne auf Naxos (Richard Strauss)

46. Der Ring des Nibelungen (Richard Wagner)

“The Teutonic reputation for brutality is well-founded.  Their operas last three or four days.  And they have no word for ‘fluffy’.” – Blackadder A cursed magic ring; the forging of a broken sword; giants, dwarves, dragons, and Valkyries; and the downfall of the gods in a fiery cataclysm – combined with German philosophy, radical politics, … Continue reading 46. Der Ring des Nibelungen (Richard Wagner)

44. Der Widerspänstigen Zähmung / The Taming of the Shrew (Hermann Goetz)

DER WIDERSPÄNSTIGEN ZÄHMUNG (THE TAMING OF THE SHREW) Comic opera in 4 acts By Hermann Goetz Libretto: Joseph Viktor Widmann, after Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew First performed: National Theatre, Mannheim, 11 October 1874, conducted by Ernest Frank. Dossier Goetz's opera was a hit in provincial Germany, translated into French, and performed in New York.  These … Continue reading 44. Der Widerspänstigen Zähmung / The Taming of the Shrew (Hermann Goetz)

35. Mona Lisa (Max von Schillings)

MONA LISA Opera in 2 acts By Max von Schillings (Op. 31) Libretto: Beatrice Dovsky Dossier https://youtu.be/9f-8Y5VoDRw&w=640&h=385 CHARACTERS In the First and the Last Scene A Foreigner (baritone) His young wife (soprano) A Lay Brother (tenor) In the Other Scenes Messer Francesco del Giocondo (baritone) Messer Pietro Tumoni (bass) Messer Arrigo Oldofredi (tenor) Messer Alessio … Continue reading 35. Mona Lisa (Max von Schillings)

33. Orfeo ed Euridice / Orphée et Eurydice (Christoph Willibald Gluck)

ORFEO ED EURIDICE / ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE By Christoph Willibald Gluck Libretto : Ranieri de’ Calzabigi First performed: Burgtheater, Vienna, 5 October 1762 Revised: Orphée et Eurydice, Académie Royale de Musique (seconde salle du Palais Royal), Paris, 2 August 1774, with a French text by Pierre Louis Moline.  Berlioz prepared another version in 1859, for the … Continue reading 33. Orfeo ed Euridice / Orphée et Eurydice (Christoph Willibald Gluck)

32. Paride ed Elena – Christoph Willibald Gluck

PARIDE ED ELENA Dramma per musica By Christoph Willibald Gluck Libretto: Ranieri de’ Calzabigi First performed: Burgtheater, Vienna, 3 November 1770 Dossier Gluck, let’s face it, has a reputation.  Noble, high-minded, austere, but also dull – as poised and as marmoreal as a Classical statue.  “Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, / Dead perfection, no … Continue reading 32. Paride ed Elena – Christoph Willibald Gluck