79. La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (Francesca Caccini)

LA LIBERAZIONE DI RUGGIERO DALL’ISOLA D’ALCINA Commedia in musica: Prologue and 4 scenes Composer: Francesca Caccini Libretto: Ferdinando Saracinelli, based on Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso First performed: Villa di Poggio Imperiale, Florence, 3 February 1625 COMMENTARY This morning, we talked about the first opera written by a non-white / non-European: Carlos Gomes' Il Guarany. Here's the first opera composed … Continue reading 79. La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (Francesca Caccini)

66. Turandot (Giacomo Puccini)

Lyric drama in 3 acts and 5 scenesComposer: Giacomo PucciniLibrettists: Giuseppe Adami & Renato Simoni, after Carlo Gozzi's commedia dell'arte Chinoiserie Turandotte (1762)First performed: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 25 April 1926Turandot was Puccini's last opera: a dream-like work set in Ancient China about a frigid princess who beheads her suitors, a nameless prince, a masochistic slave-girl, … 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 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 wrote … Continue reading 65. Caterina Cornaro (Gaetano Donizetti)