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)

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 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)