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 Cilea slays it with flowers in this tale of love and rivalry in 18th century Paris. CHARACTERS MAURIZIO, conte di SASSONIA (tenor): … Continue reading 69. Adriana Lecouvreur (Francesco Cilea)

Ricciardo Vagniero

My friend Phil recently posted on a rarity: Loengrino, by the obscure Italian composer Ricciardo Vagniero. It is one of the most beautiful Italian operas I know, a testament to the glories of bel canto, a worthy successor to the heritage of Rossini and Donizetti. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfMdpfcBaxs Vagniero was a true son of Italy, a fertile vine … Continue reading Ricciardo Vagniero

42. Isabeau (Pietro Mascagni)

Dramatic legend in 3 parts By Pietro Mascagni Libretto: Luigi Illica First performed: Teatro Coliseo, Buenos Aires, 2 June 1911, conducted by the composer Libretto, with English translation Dossier Mascagni is thought of as a one-hit wonder; Cavalleria rusticana ("Cav" for short) is one of the 50 most performed operas in the world, usually in a double bill … Continue reading 42. Isabeau (Pietro Mascagni)

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)

28. Il pirata – Vincenzo Bellini

IL PIRATA Opera seria in 2 acts By Vincenzo Bellini Libretto: Felice Romani First performed: La Scala, Milan, 27 October 1827   Di mia vendetta ho pieno il mondo…Ma indarno.  Il vile Ernesto,Il mio persecutor, vive ed esultaDell’ingiusto mio bando e di mie pene… Pirates!  Who doesn’t love a good pirate story?  Wooden-legged men, cursed … Continue reading 28. Il pirata – Vincenzo Bellini

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)

20. Tosca (Giacomo Puccini)

Melodrama in 3 acts By Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, after Victorien Sardou's play La Tosca (1887) First performed : Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 14 January 1900 Dossier. STORY Floria TOSCA, famous singer (soprano) Mario CAVARADOSSI, painter (tenor) Il Barone SCARPIA, Head of the Police (baritone) SETTING: Rome, June 1800 Synopsis, based on English version by W. … Continue reading 20. Tosca (Giacomo Puccini)