30. Il trovatore (Giuseppe Verdi)

IL TROVATOREBy Giuseppe VerdiLibretto: Salvatore Cammarano, completed by Leone Emanuele Bardare, based on Antonio Garcia Gutiérrez’s play El TrovadorFirst performed: Teatro Apollo, Rome, 19 January 1853 Il Trovatore is one of Verdi’s Big Three, the popular operas he composed in the early 1850s.  It’s also the odd one out.The works on either side – Rigoletto (1851) … Continue reading 30. Il trovatore (Giuseppe Verdi)

22. La forza del destino (Giuseppe Verdi)

Opera in 4 actsBy Giuseppe VerdiLibrettist: Francesco Maria Piave, after Ángel de Saavedra'sDon 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.La forza del destino is a vast, even unwieldy, opera – and one of Verdi’s most difficult works.  He … 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKGqnt_VNiI&w=640&h=385 Verdi, like Berlioz and Wagner, was a Shakespeare fanboy. “He is my favourite poet,” he told a … Continue reading 16. Macbeth (Giuseppe Verdi)