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At The Opera, Verdi: Ernani, December 16, 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.

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 It became Verdi's most popular opera until it was superseded by Il trovatore after 1853.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.

Cast:

Ernani – Carlo Bergonzi

Elvira –Leontyne Price

Thomas Schippers – Conductor

RCA - 1967

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:07pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani BUY RCA Italiana Op Orch And Chor; Thomas Schippers, conductor

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