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At The Opera, Pietro Mascagni: Parisina, January 19, 2019

  

Parisina is a tragedia lirica, or opera, in four acts by Pietro Mascagni. Gabriele D'Annunzio wrote the Italian libretto after Lord Byron's poem Parisina of 1816.

Unfortunately Mascagni’s fear of the length of the opera was well founded. The opera, in four acts, lasted 3 hours and 40 minutes, which was far too long for the Italian public and critics. The length was condemned by Giovanni Pozza, the most influential Italian critic, in his comment on the first performance. After mentioning the numerous qualities in the work he wrote:

Inordinate length: if this flaw is not set to rights, it could only weigh down on Parisina’s sound. Independent of any judgement on the intrinsic value of the new opera, the Maestro’s most fanatic advocate must express one hope: cut, cut, cut! We will hear the 3 act cut version during the broadcast.

It was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on December 15, 1913.

Cast:

Parisina – Denia Mazzola

Ugo – Vitali Taraschenko

Stella – Tea Demurishvilli

Nicolo – Vladimir Vaneev

Enrique Diemecke – conductor

Recorded Live on Radio France - 1999

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:10pm
Pietro Mascagni: Parisina BUY Radio France
11:00pm
11:08pm
Gaetano Donizetti: La Fille Du Regiment: Act One: Pour une femme de mon nom BUY ; Bonynge, conductor
11:17pm
Villa-Lobos: Ária (Cantilena) BUY from Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums; composed by Villa-Lobos
11:29pm
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 BUY from Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums; composed by Rachmaninoff
11:36pm
Puccini: Nessun dorma! Turandot BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Puccini
11:39pm
Puccini: Signore, ascolta Turandot BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Puccini
11:42pm
Donizetti: Una furtiva lagrima L'elisir d'amore BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Donizetti


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