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At The Opera, Verdi: Ernani, April 22, 2017


Ernani is an operatic dramma lirico in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Hernani by Victor Hugo.

Verdi was commissioned by the Teatro La Fenice in Venice to write an opera, but finding the right subject took some time, and the composer worked with the inexperienced Piave in shaping first one and then another drama by Hugo into an acceptable libretto. As musicologist Roger Parker notes, the composer "intervened on several important points, insisting for example that the role of Ernani be sung by a tenor rather than by a contralto as had originally been planned.

Ernani was first performed on March 9, 1844 and it was "immensely popular, and was revived countless times during its early years". It became Verdi's most popular opera until it was superseded by Il trovatore after 1853. In 1904 it became the first opera to be recorded completely.


Ernani – Carlo Bergonzi

Elvira – Leontyne Price

Carlo – Mario Sereni

Silve – Ezio Flagello

Thomas Schippers – conductor

RCA – 1967 studio recording


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:15 p.m.
Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani BUY RCA Italiana Op Orch And Chor; Thomas Schippers, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:15 p.m.
Enrico Caruso BUY from 10 Great Tenors
11:19 p.m.
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Sulla tomba che rinserra BUY from 10 Great Tenors; composed by Donizetti
11:29 p.m.
Massenet: Mignon, opera in 3 acts: Addio Mignon BUY from 10 Great Tenors; composed by Massenet
11:32 p.m.
Puccini: Tosca, opera: O lucevan le stelle BUY from 10 Great Tenors; composed by Puccini
11:41 p.m.
Mozart: Dies Bildnis Ist Bezaubernd Schon - Berliner Symphoniker BUY from Very Best of Fritz Wunderlich; composed by Mozart
11:45 p.m.
Fritz Wunderlich BUY from Very Best of Fritz Wunderlich

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