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 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 with … 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 SYNOPSIS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjW3ZfuN5rU&w=640&h=385 The backdrop of the opera is the Spanish wars of the early fifteenth century.  After Martin I of Aragon died in 1410 without … 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 Dossier. SYNOPSIS Di mia vendetta ho pieno il mondo… Ma indarno.  Il vile Ernesto, Il mio persecutor, vive ed esulta Dell’ingiusto mio bando e di mie pene… Pirates!  Who doesn’t love a good pirate … 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)

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)

15. Germania (Alberto Franchetti)

GERMANIA Dramma lirico in a prologue, 2 scenes, and an epilogue By Alberto Franchetti Libretto : Luigi Illica First performed : Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 11 March 1902 Dossier. English / Italian libretto STORY A gripping historical opera by the rival of Puccini. GIOVANNI FILIPPO PALM (bass) FEDERICO LOEWE, student (tenor) CARLO WORMS, student (baritone) CRISOGONO, student (baritone) RICKE (soprano) JANE, her sister (mezzo-soprano) … Continue reading 15. Germania (Alberto Franchetti)