Giovanni Pacini – Saffo

Lyric tragedy in three acts. Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano. First performed in the Teatro San Carlo in Naples on 29 November 1840.   Act 1 In the ancient Greek Olympic Games, poetry was one of the events.  Outside the stadium at Olympus, the poetry event has just...

Giovanni Pacini – L’Ultimo Giorno di Pompei

Opera seria in two acts. Libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola. First performed in the Teatro San Carlo in Naples on 19 November 1825.   Act 1 It is dawn in Pompei on the morning of 25 August 79AD.  In the atrium of Sallustio’s house, cheerful voices can be heard in the...

Gioacchino Rossini – Demetrio e Polibio

Dramma serio per musica in two acts. Libretto written in separate numbers between 1806 and 1809 by Vincenzina Viganò Mombelli. First performed in the Teatro Valle in Rome on 18 May 1812.   Act 1 At the court of Polibio, King of Parthia, Polibio publicly tells a young...

Jules Massenet – La Navarraise

Épisode lyrique in two acts. Libretto by Jules Claretie and Henri Cain after La Cigarette, a short story by Jules Claretie. First performed at Covent Garden, London, 20 June 1894 The action takes place in the village square of a small village outside Bilbao during the...

Jules Massenet – Hérodiade

Opéra in four acts and seven scenes. Libretto by Paul Milliet and ‘Henri Grémont’ (Georges Hartmann), developed from an original Italian text by Angelo Zanardini, based on the short story Herodias by Gustave Flaubert. First performed at the Théâtre de La Monnaie,...