61. Fernand Cortez (Gaspare Spontini)

FERNAND CORTEZ, OU LA CONQUÊTE DE MÉXIQUETragédie lyrique in 3 actsComposer: Gaspare SpontiniLibretto: Étienne de Jouy and Joseph-Alphonse Esménard, after Alexis Piron’s playFirst performed: Opéra de Paris [Académie Impériale de Musique] (salle Montansier), 28 November 1809, conducted by Jean-Baptiste ReyA doctor decided to cure his profoundly deaf patient by taking him to see Fernand Cortez.  The doctor's … Continue reading 61. Fernand Cortez (Gaspare Spontini)

51. Il turco in Italia (Gioachino Rossini)

Dramma buffo in 2 acts By Gioachino Rossini Libretto: Felice Romani, after Caterino Mazzolà’s libretto for Franz Joseph Seydelmann’s opera (1788) First performed: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 14 August 1814 Today, Il turco in Italia is one of the most commonly performed Rossini operas - well below The Barber of Seville or La Cenerentola, perhaps, but respectably frequent. Its clever … Continue reading 51. Il turco in Italia (Gioachino Rossini)

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)

13. La scala di seta (Gioachino Rossini)

LA SCALA DI SETA Farsa in 1 act By Gioachino Rossini Libretto: Giuseppe Maria Foppa First performed: Teatro San Moisè, Venice, 9 May 1812 Notes: Rossini's fifth performed opera. Reception: Muted.  Critics thought the libretto was plagiarised, and the opera vanished after 1825.  Resurrected in 1952, it is now frequently performed.  (Charles Osborne, Bel Canto … Continue reading 13. La scala di seta (Gioachino Rossini)

1. Le comte Ory (Gioachino Rossini)

LE COMTE ORY By Gioachino Rossini Opera in 2 acts. Libretto : Eugène Scribe and C.G. Delestre-Poirson, after Scribe’s 1816 vaudeville. First performed: Théâtre de l’Opéra (salle Le Peletier), 20 August 1828. The story is set in Touraine, outside the castle of the counts of Formoutiers, during the Crusades, around the year 1200.  Comte Ory, a … Continue reading 1. Le comte Ory (Gioachino Rossini)