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...

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...