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Setting the Stage

in Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226304823
eISBN:
9780226304885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226304885.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera

Opera was at the center of Italian culture throughout the first half of the nineteenth century. Fundamental to most Italian opera houses during the first half of the nineteenth century was the ... More


Words and Music: Texts and Translations

in Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226304823
eISBN:
9780226304885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226304885.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter discusses the matter of texts, translations, and adaptations of particular importance for operas written in French by Italian composers, which often continue to be performed in Italian ... More


Giovanna De Guzman (Les Vêpres Siciliennes)

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0019
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Les vêpres siciliennes, first performed in the theater of the Académie Impériale de Musique in Paris on June 13, 1855. The libretto by Messieurs Scribe and Duveyrier was ... More


Conclusion

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0022
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter presents some final thoughts about Verdi's work. It argues that in the sixteen years during which Verdi's operas have reigned, no notable transformation of operatic music has taken ... More


Nabucodonosor

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Nabucodonosor, first performed in March 1842 at Milan's Teatro alla Scala. It presents a summary of the libretto by Solera and examines in order the pieces that make up ... More


Ernani

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Ernani, first performed in Venice in March 1844. The libretto by Piave was taken from play by Hugo, Hernani. At certain major points in this opera, Verdi deliberately ... More


Macbeth

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi'sMacbeth, first performed in March 1847 at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence. The libretto by Piave was taken from Shakespeare's Macbeth. While the opera was given a ... More


Jérusalem

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Jérusalem, performed in Paris in November 1847. Messieurs Royer and Vaëz wrote the libretto in such a way that enabled Verdi to insert some pieces from I Lombardi as ... More


Il Trovatore

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0017
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Il trovatore, first performed in Rome in January 1853, with great success. The libretto by Cammarano was taken from the play El trovador by García Gutiérrez. While Il ... More


Rigoletto

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Rigoletto, first performed in Venice in March 1851. The libretto by Piave was taken from Victor Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse. The opera was greatly celebrated from its ... More


Aroldo

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0021
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Aroldo, first performed in August 1857 at Rimini. The opera is nothing more than a reshuffled Stiffelio. Verdi made changes in the plot and the music due to the ... More


I Masnadieri

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's I masnadieri, performed in London in July 1847. The libretto by celebrated poet Andrea Maffei took the subject from Schiller's well-known tragedy. The opera's reception ... More


I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's I Lombardi alla prima crociata, first performed in February 1843. The libretto by Solera was taken from Grossi's poem of the same title. Verdi's music in I Lombardi was ... More


I Due Foscari

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's I due Foscari. The libretto by Piave was taken from the concept and plot of a tragedy by Byron. This opera leaves one with a feeling of melancholy that accords well with ... More


Attila

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Attila, first performed in March 1846 at Venice, with most gratifying success. The libretto by Solera was based on the celebrated deeds of Attila, flagellum Dei. While ... More


La Battaglia Di Legnano

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's political opera La battaglia di Legnano, performed in Rome in January 1849. Cammarano, who wrote the libretto, made clever use of the Italians' most splendid military ... More


Stiffelio

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Stiffelio, first performed in November 1850 in Trieste, where it did not have the best of receptions. The libretto by Piave was taken from the drama Stifellius by Émile ... More


La Traviata

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0018
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's La traviata, first performed in Venice in March 1853. The libretto by Piave was taken from Alexandre Dumas fils' novel and play La dame aux camélias. While the reception ... More


Simon Boccanegra

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0020
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, first performed on March 12, 1857 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. It presents a summary of the libretto by Piave. The opera's reception was not ... More


Il Corsaro

Abramo Basevi

in The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226094915
eISBN:
9780226095073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Il corsaro, performed in Trieste in October 1848. The libretto by Piave was taken from a short poem by Byron of the same title. The opera's reception failed to live up ... More


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