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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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 in silence, thinking.  A cuckoo clock strikes three.  The priest rises […]

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Umberto Giordano – Fedora

Opera in three acts. Libretto by Arturo Colautti based on the play Fedora (1882) by Victorien Sardou, written for the actress Sarah Bernhardt. First performed in the Teatro Lirico in Milan on 17 November 1898. Act 1 St Petersburg in the winter of 1881: the palace of Count Vladimir Andreievich, Captain of the City Guard […]

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