69. Adriana Lecouvreur (Francesco Cilea)

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR Composer: Francesco Cilea Stageplay by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé reduced to 4 acts for the lyric stage by Arturo Colautti First performed: Teatro Lirico, Milan, 6 November 1902, conducted by Cleofonte Campanini Dossier Cilea slays it with flowers in this tale of love and rivalry in 18th century Paris. CHARACTERS MAURIZIO, conte di … Continue reading 69. Adriana Lecouvreur (Francesco Cilea)

68. Re Lear (Antonio Cagnoni)

Tragedia lirica in 4 acts Composer: Antonio Cagnoni Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni, after Shakespeare Composed c. 1880-1885. First performed: Martina Franca, 19 July 2009, conducted by Massimiliano Caldi Dossier King Lear - where Edgar loves Cordelia, Edmund barely exists, the dramatist has little feeling for Shakespeare, and the composer lacks imagination? "Fie, fie, fie! pah, pah!" CHARACTERS … Continue reading 68. Re Lear (Antonio Cagnoni)

66. Turandot (Giacomo Puccini)

Lyric drama in 3 acts and 5 scenes Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Giuseppe Adami & Renato Simoni, after Carlo Gozzi's commedia dell'arte Chinoiserie Turandotte (1762) First performed: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 25 April 1926 Dossier   Turandot was Puccini's last opera: a dream-like work set in Ancient China about a frigid princess who beheads her suitors, … Continue reading 66. Turandot (Giacomo Puccini)

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 Dossier 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 … Continue reading 65. Caterina Cornaro (Gaetano Donizetti)

60. La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini)

Opera in 4 acts By Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica, after Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henry Murger (1851) First performed: Teatro Rugin, Turin, 1 February 1896, conducted by Arturo Toscanini Dossier STORY RODOLFO, a poet (tenor) MARCELLO, a painter (baritone) SCHAUNARD, a musician (baritone) COLLINE, a philosopher (bass) MIMI (soprano) MUSETTA (soprano) SETTING: Paris, about 1830 Synopsis based … Continue reading 60. La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini)

57. L’Orfeo (Claudio Monteverdi)

Favola in musica, in 5 acts Composer: Claudio Monteverdi Libretto: Alessandro Striggio First performed: Mantua, 1607 Carnival season Dossier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcRFFmgVGlc CHARACTERS LA MUSICA (mezzo-soprano castrato) ORFEO (tenor or high baritone) EURIDICE (mezzo-soprano castrato) LA MESSAGGERA (mezzo-soprano castrato) LA SPERANZA (mezzo-soprano castrato) CARONTE (bass) PROSERPINA (mezzo-soprano castrato) PLUTONE (bass) APOLLO (tenor) SETTING: The fields of Thrace; the Underworld, Ancient Greece SYNOPSIS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjpFi9bn1do Orfeo (Orpheus) is … Continue reading 57. L’Orfeo (Claudio Monteverdi)

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 Dossier 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 … Continue reading 54. L’elisir d’amore (Gaetano Donizetti)