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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKGqnt_VNiI&w=640&h=385 Verdi, like Berlioz and Wagner, was a Shakespeare fanboy. “He is my favourite poet,” he told a … 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 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) LENE … Continue reading 15. Germania (Alberto Franchetti)

14. Torvaldo e Dorliska (Gioachino Rossini)

TORVALDO E DORLISKA Dramma semiserio in 2 acts By Gioachino Rossini Libretto: Cesare Sterbini, after Francesco Gonella’s Lodoïska First performed: Teatro Valle, Rome, 26 December 1815 Reception: Fiasco - but remained in the repertoire until the 1830s, and was performed throughout Europe. REVIEW One doesn’t think of Rossini as a Socialist, calling for the workers … Continue reading 14. Torvaldo e Dorliska (Gioachino Rossini)