51. Il turco in Italia (Gioachino Rossini)

Dramma buffo in 2 acts By Gioachino Rossini Libretto: Felice Romani, after Caterino Mazzolà’s libretto for Franz Joseph Seydelmann’s opera (1788) First performed: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 14 August 1814 Dossier Today, Il turco in Italia is one of the most commonly performed Rossini operas - well below The Barber of Seville or La Cenerentola, perhaps, but respectably frequent. Its … Continue reading 51. Il turco in Italia (Gioachino Rossini)

14. Torvaldo e Dorliska (Gioachino Rossini)

TORVALDO E DORLISKA Dramma semiserio in 2 acts By Gioachino Rossini Libretto: Cesare Sterbini, after Francesco Gonella’s Lodoïska First performed: Teatro Valle, Rome, 26 December 1815 Reception: Fiasco - but remained in the repertoire until the 1830s, and was performed throughout Europe. For the dossier, see here. STORY IL DUCA D'ORDOW (bass) DORLISKA (soprano) TORVALDO, her husband (tenor) … Continue reading 14. Torvaldo e Dorliska (Gioachino Rossini)

13. La scala di seta (Gioachino Rossini)

LA SCALA DI SETA Farsa in 1 act By Gioachino Rossini Libretto: Giuseppe Maria Foppa First performed: Teatro San Moisè, Venice, 9 May 1812 Notes: Rossini's fifth performed opera. Reception: Muted.  Critics thought the libretto was plagiarised, and the opera vanished after 1825.  Resurrected in 1952, it is now frequently performed.  (Charles Osborne, Bel Canto … Continue reading 13. La scala di seta (Gioachino Rossini)

1. Le comte Ory (Gioachino Rossini)

LE COMTE ORY By Gioachino Rossini Opera in 2 acts. Libretto : Eugène Scribe and C.G. Delestre-Poirson, after Scribe’s 1816 vaudeville. First performed: Théâtre de l’Opéra (salle Le Peletier), 20 August 1828. Dossier. SYNOPSIS Based on Piotr Kaminski, Mille et un opéras, Paris, Fayard, 2003 LE COMTE ORY, a horny young nobleman (tenor) LA COMTESSE Adèle de Formoutiers (soprano) … Continue reading 1. Le comte Ory (Gioachino Rossini)