12. Nina (Giovanni Paisiello)

NINA, O SIA LA PAZZA PER AMORE Commedia per musica in 1 act By Giovanni Paisiello Libretto: Giuseppe Carpani and Giovanni Battista Lorenzi, after Benoît-Joseph Marsollier de Vivetières’ Nina ou La folle par amour First performed: Belvedere di San Leucio, Caserta, 25 June 1789 Revised: Teatro dei Fiorentini, Naples, in 2 acts, autumn 1790 Reception: … Continue reading 12. Nina (Giovanni Paisiello)

10. I pazzi per progetto (Gaetano Donizetti)

I PAZZI PER PROGETTO Farsa posta in musica By Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Domenico Gilardoni First performance: Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, 6 February 1830.  Performed to only a half full theatre, because of a ball, but Donizetti thought the performance "went off very brilliantly" (Charles Osborne, Bel Canto Operas of Rossini, Donizettti and Bellini).  Performed … Continue reading 10. I pazzi per progetto (Gaetano Donizetti)

9. Hérodiade (Jules Massenet)

HÉRODIADE Opéra in 3 or 4 acts By Jules Massenet Libretto: Paul Milliet and Henri Grémont (Georges Hartmann), after Gustave Flaubert’s “Hérodias” First performed: Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, 19 December 1881, in original version of 3 acts and 6 scenes Reception: A success!  Hundreds of Parisian artists, journalists and music-lovers headed north to … Continue reading 9. Hérodiade (Jules Massenet)

8. Marino Faliero (Gaetano Donizetti)

MARINO FALIERO Tragedia lirica in 3 acts By Gaetano Donizetti Libretto : Giovanni Emanuele Bidera, after Casimir Delavigne’s Marino Faliero Donizetti's 45th opera. First performed : Théâtre Italien, Paris, 12 March 1835, a couple of months after Bellini's Puritani premiered at the same theatre.  Rossini had commissioned both composers to write operas for Paris.  Both were hits, … Continue reading 8. Marino Faliero (Gaetano Donizetti)

7. Le postillon de Lonjumeau (Adolphe Adam)

LE POSTILLON DE LONJUMEAU Opéra Comique en 3 actes By Adolphe Adam Libretto : Adolphe de Leuven & Léon Brunswick First performed : Théâtre Royal de l’Opéra-Comique (salle de la Bourse), 13 October 1836 Dossier. STORY CHAPELOU, postillion, later famous as the singer Saint-Phar (tenor) MADELEINE, his wife, later Mme de Latour (soprano) LE MARQUIS DE CORCY, supervisor of the … Continue reading 7. Le postillon de Lonjumeau (Adolphe Adam)

06. Djamileh (Georges Bizet) / La princesse jaune (Camille Saint-Saëns)

DJAMILEH Opéra-comique en 1 acte By Georges Bizet Bizet's fourth opera, set in Egypt Libretto : Louis Gallet, after Alfred de Musset’s poem Namouna (1832) First performed : Opéra-Comique (2e salle Favart), 22 May 1872   STORY DJAMILEH, slave (mezzo-soprano) HAROUN, prince (tenor) SPLENDIANO, his secretary (tenor or baritone) SETTING: Cairo, Egypt Synopsis, based on Piotr Kaminski, Mille et un opéras, Fayard, Paris, … Continue reading 06. Djamileh (Georges Bizet) / La princesse jaune (Camille Saint-Saëns)

5. Hélène (Camille Saint-Saëns)

HÉLÈNE Poème lyrique en un acte Music and libretto by Camille Saint-Saëns First performed: Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, 18 February 1904 The opera was performed in London, Milan & Frankfurt in 1904; ran for seven performances at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, in January 1905; and for another 7 performances at the Paris Opéra in June 1919. An … Continue reading 5. Hélène (Camille Saint-Saëns)