Niccolò van Westerhout – Doña Flor

Opera in one act. Libretto by Arturo Colautti. First performed on 18 April 1896 in the Teatro Communale in Mola di Bari (now named the Teatro Van Westerhout).   The scene is Venice in the mid seventeenth century in the bedroom of Doña Flor, the wife of the Spanish...

Amilcare Ponchielli – I Lituani

Lyric drama in a Prologue and three acts. Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on Adam Mickiewicz’s narrative poem Konrad Wallenrod (1828). First performed at La Scala, Milan, on 7 March 1874.   Prologue Near Marienburg, towards the end of the fourteenth century...

Giacomo Puccini – Il Tabarro

Opera in one act.  Part of Il Trittico (‘The Tryptych’), a sequence of three one-act operas intended to be performed together (the other two are Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi) Libretto by Giuseppe Adami, based on the play La Houppelande by Didier Gold. First...

Pietro Mascagni – Zanetto

Opera in one act. Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci based on the play Le Passant by François Coppée. First performed in the Liceo Musicale G. Rossini, Pesaro, on 2 March 1896.   The story is set in a villa in the hills just to the east of...

Giacomo Puccini – Tosca

Opera in three acts. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giacomo Giacosa, based on the play La Tosca by Victorien Sardou (1888), a role made famous by Sarah Bernhardt. First performed in the Liceo Musicale G. Rossini, Pesaro, on 2 March 1896.   Act 1   The church of...