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 November 1897.   Act 1 […]

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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 distance hailing Sallustio.  Sallustio […]

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Gioacchino Rossini – Otello

Opera in three acts Libretto by Francesco Berio di Salsa based on Shakespeare’s play Othello (1604-05) First performed at the Teatro del Fondo, Naples, on 4 December 1816 Act 1 A public square in Venice The Doge of Venice and all the senators, including a nobleman Elmiro, are waiting for the return of the Venetian fleet, […]

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