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Saturday, May 26, 2018 Permalink

At The Opera, Verdi: I Due Foscari, May 26, 2018


I due Foscari (The Two Foscari) is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on a historical play, The Two Foscari by Lord Byron.

After his success with Ernani, Verdi received a commission from Rome's Teatro Argentina and he went to work with Piave in considering two subjects, one of which eventually became this opera. I due Foscari was given its premiere performance in Rome on November 3, 1844 and was generally quite successful, although not on the scale of Ernani, which remained Verdi's most popular opera until Il trovatore in 1853.


Francesco Foscari – Gian Giacomo Guelfi

Jacopo Foscari – Carlo Bergonzi

Lucrezia Contarini – Maria Vitale

RAI Orchestra and Chorus

Carlo Maria Giulini – conductor

Cetra Original LP recording - 1951


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:13 p.m.
Verdi: I Due Foscari - Cetra recorded 1951 BUY RAI; Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
10:00 p.m.
10:11 p.m.
VERDI: Act 1 Verdi's Rigoletto 1954 BUY RAI; Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:04 p.m.
Wagner/Mozart/Verdi/Mascagni: EMI Great Opera Moments BUY various; various, conductor

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