Umberto Giordano – Mala Vita

Opera in three acts. Libretto by Nicola Daspuro, based on the play O Voto by Salvatore di Giacomo. First performed at the Teatro Argentina in Rome on 21 February 1892.  Revised and watered down as Il Voto, it was then first given at the Teatro Lirico in Milan on 10...

Umberto Giordano – Il Re

Novella (‘short story’) in three scenes. Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano. First performed at La Scala, Milan, on 12 January 1929.   Scene 1 Inside a windmill, the miller, his wife, their young neighbour Colombello, and a lawyer, a priest and an astrologer are sitting...

Richard Strauss – Intermezzo

A bourgeois comedy with symphonic interludes in two acts. Libretto by the composer. First performed in the Court Theatre in Dresden on 4 November 1924.   Act 1 Scene 1 It is early one morning in the home of the conductor and court composer Robert Storch in Grundlsee....

Charles Gounod – La Colombe

Opera in two acts. Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, after a fable by Jean de La Fontaine. First performed at the Théâtre de Bade, Baden-Baden, on 6 August 1860.   Act 1 A small cottage in the country, just outside Florence. Mazet, the manservant of an...

Charles Gounod – La Nonne Sanglante

Opera in five acts. Libretto by Eugène Scribe and Germain Delavigne, based on an episode in The Monk, by Matthew Gregory Lewis (1796). First performed at the Paris Opéra on 18 October 1854.   Act 1 Bohemia in the eleventh century: the castle of Baron Moldaw There has...