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Saturday, December 9, 2017 Permalink

At The Opera, Wagner: Rienzi, December 9, 2017


Rienzi is an early opera by Richard Wagner in five acts, with the libretto written by the composer after Edward Bulwer-Lytton's novel of the same name (1835). Written between July 1838 and November 1840, it was first performed at the Hofoper, Dresden, on October 20, 1842, and was the composer's first success.

The opera is set in Rome and is based on the life of Cola di Rienzi (1313–1354), a late medieval Italian populist figure who succeeds in outwitting and then defeating the nobles and their followers and in raising the power of the people. Magnanimous at first, he is forced by events to crush the nobles' rebellion against the people's power, but popular opinion changes and even the Church, which had urged him to assert himself, turns against him. In the end the populace burns the Capitol, in which Rienzi and a few adherents have made a last stand.


 Rienzi – Rene Kollo

Irene – Cheryl Studer

Wolfgang Sawallisch – Conductor

Recorded at the Bavarian State Opera, live in 1983.


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:10 p.m.
Rene Kollo BUY ; Richard Wagner, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:40 p.m.
Verdi: I Lombardi Trio BUY MET; James Levine, conductor June Anderson Carlo Bergonzi
11:49 p.m.
Giuseppe Verdi: Celesta Aida BUY Arena di Verona; Franco Capuana, conductor Carlo Bergonzi
11:53 p.m.
Puccini: La Boheme: "O soave fanciulla from La Boheme: "O soave fanciulla; composed by Puccini

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