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Saturday, May 19, 2018 Permalink

At The Opera, Verdi: La Battaglia di Legnano, May 19, 2018

  

La battaglia di Legnano (The Battle of Legnano) is an opera in four acts, with music by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian-language libretto by Salvadore Cammarano. It was based on the play La Bataille de Toulouse by Joseph Méry, later the co-librettist of Don Carlos.

Written as a commission from the Teatro Argentina in Rome while the composer was still living in Paris, he traveled to Rome in late 1848 to prepare the opera for its first performance, which was given on January 27, 1849. Musicologist Roger Parker describes the première as "a clamorous success, with the entire final act encored" and the audience wild with enthusiasm. He goes to add that act 4 was encored at every performance of the run.

Cast:

Rolando – Rolando Panerai

Lida – Caterina Mancini

Arrigo – Amedeo Berdini

Orchestra and Chorus of RAI in Rome

Fernando Previtali – condcutor

Cetra-Soria Remastered CD - 1951

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:18pm
Verdi: La Battaglia di Legnano (The Battle of Legnano) BUY RAI; Fernando Previtali, conductor
10:00pm
10:53pm
Puccini, Verdi: Opera selections Tosca, Aida, Andrea Chenier w/ Callas BUY RAI; various, conductor
11:00pm
11:16pm
Gilbert and Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard Oh, Sergeant Meryll, Is It True BUY ; Sir Malcolm Sergent, conductor
11:34pm
Puccini: Bimba, bimba, non piangere BUY from Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums; composed by Puccini
11:49pm
Puccini: La Bohème, Act I: O soave fanciulla BUY from Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums; composed by Puccini
11:54pm
Puccini: Oh, sarò la più bella! Manon Lescaut BUY from Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums; composed by Puccini


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