77. Vendetta in domino

We talked last time about Auber's Gustave III (1833), a dramatic retelling of the assassination of 18th century Swedish king Gustave III at a masked ball. Several Italian composers loved the story, and wanted to adapt it. Bellini called it "magnificent, spectacular, historical!"; had he lived, it would have been his next project after I puritani.  One Vincenzo … Continue reading 77. Vendetta in domino

37. Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio (Giuseppe Verdi)

OBERTO, CONTE DI SAN BONIFACIO Opera in 2 acts By Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Temistocle Solera & Antonio Piazza Verdi's first opera. First performed: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 17 November 1839 Dossier Verdi's first opera, a bel canto work written under the influence of Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti. The backdrop of the opera is Italian feudal … Continue reading 37. Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio (Giuseppe Verdi)

30. Il trovatore (Giuseppe Verdi)

IL TROVATORE By Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano, completed by Leone Emanuele Bardare, based on Antonio Garcia Gutiérrez’s play El Trovador First performed: Teatro Apollo, Rome, 19 January 1853 Dossier CHARACTERS Il Conte di Luna, young Aragonese nobleman (baritone) Leonora, lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon (soprano) Azucena, gypsy from Biscay (mezzo-soprano) Manrico, officer in … Continue reading 30. Il trovatore (Giuseppe Verdi)

22. La forza del destino (Giuseppe Verdi)

Opera in 4 acts By Giuseppe Verdi Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave, after Ángel de Saavedra's Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino (1835) First performed: Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia, 10 November 1862. Revised version: La Scala, Milan, 27 February 1869. Dossier. STORY IL MARCHESE DI CALATRAVA (bass) Donna LEONORA, his daughter (soprano) DON … Continue reading 22. La forza del destino (Giuseppe Verdi)

16. Macbeth (Giuseppe Verdi)

MACBETH Dramma lirico in 4 acts By Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei, after Shakespeare’s play (1606) First performed: Teatro della Pergola, Florence, 14 March 1847 Revised version: Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, 21 April 1865 Dossier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKGqnt_VNiI&w=640&h=385 STORY MACBETH, general in Duncan's army (baritone) LADY MACBETH, his wife (soprano) BANCO (Banquo), general in Duncan's army (bass) … Continue reading 16. Macbeth (Giuseppe Verdi)