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...

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...