67. Der Schauspieldirektor (W.A. Mozart)

DER SCHAUSPIELDIREKTOR Komische Operette in 1 act - KV 486 Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Gottlieb Stephanie the Younger First performed: Schönnbrunn Palace, Vienna, 7 February 1786; Kärntnertor Theater, Vienna, 11 February 1786 Dossier An imperial command is hard to refuse.  Mozart, halfway through a little number called The Marriage of Figaro, was ordered to compose after-dinner … Continue reading 67. Der Schauspieldirektor (W.A. Mozart)

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

18. Sadko (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)

SADKO           (Садко)Opera-bylina in 7 tableauxBy Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovLibretto: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, with the assistance of Vladimir Stasov, Vasily Yastrebtsev, Nikolai Shtrup, Nikolai Findeyzen, and Vladimir BelskyCompiled from the bylina Sadko, the Rich Trader, the Tale of the Sea King and the Wise Vasilisa, The Book of the Dove and other ancient ballads and Russian talesFirst performed: Solodovnikov … Continue reading 18. Sadko (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)