By Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]
This a bit irreverent consultant to opera summarizes the plots of 17 of the world's nice operas, together with Aida, l. a. Boheme, and Carmen, and describes their characters, artists, and composers.
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1 To Moni Contents Cover Title Page Copyright Dedication How to use this guide THE OPERAS ADRIANA LECOUVREUR Cilea AIDA Verdi ANDREA CHENIER Giordano ANGELICA, SUOR (Sister Angelica) Puccini ARIADNE ON NAXOS Richard Strauss ATTILA Verdi UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (A Masked Ball) Verdi THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Rossini BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE Bartok BOCCANEGRA, SIMON Verdi LE BOHÈME Puccini BORIS GODUNOV Musorgsky BUTTERFLY, MADAM Puccini CARLOS, DON Verdi CARMEN Bizet CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (A matter of honour) Mascagni LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella) Rossini CESARE, GIULIO Handel CHENIER, ANDREA Giordano CINDERELLA Rossini LA CLEMENZA DI TITO (Tito the Magnanimous) Mozart COSÌ FAN TUTTE (Never trust a woman) Mozart DIDO AND AENEAS Purcell DON CARLOS Verdi DON GIOVANNI Mozart DON PASQUALE Donizetti DREIGROSCHENOPER, DIE (The Threepenny Opera) Weill DUTCHMAN, THE FLYING Wagner ELEKTRA Richard Strauss L’ELISIR D’AMORE (The love potion) Donizetti ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, DIE (The Escape from the Seraglio) Mozart ERNANI Verdi EUGENE ONEGIN Tchaikovsky FALSTAFF Verdi LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (The Girl of the Golden West) Puccini FAUST Gounod FIDELIO Beethoven FIGARO Mozart DIE FLEDERMAUS Johann Strauss THE FLYING DUTCHMAN Wagner LA FORZA DEL DESTINO (The Force of Destiny) Verdi FREISCHUTZ Weber GIANNI SCHICCHI Puccini LA GIOCONDA (The Street Singer) Ponchielli GIOVANNI, DON Mozart GIULIO CESARE Handel GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST, THE Puccini GODUNOV, BORIS Musorgsky GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (The Twilight of the Gods) Wagner HÄNSEL AND GRETEL Humperdinck IDOMENEO Mozart IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS Gluck L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI (The Italian Girl) Rossini JULIUS CAESAR Handel KHOVANSHCHINA Musorgsky LAKMÉ Delibes LECOUVREUR, ADRIANA Cilea LESCAUT, MANON Puccini I LOMBARDI Verdi LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Donizetti LUISA MILLER Verdi MACBETH Verdi MADAM BUTTERFLY Puccini THE MAGIC FLUTE Mozart MANON LESCAUT Puccini MARIA STUARDA (Mary Stuart) Donizetti THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Mozart A MASKED BALL Verdi MILLER, LUISA Verdi MEISTERSINGER Wagner NORMA Bellini ONEGIN, EUGENE Tchaikovsky ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE Gluck OTELLO Verdi I PAGLIACCI (The Comedians) Leoncavallo PARSIFAL Wagner THE PEARL FISHERS Bizet PĚCHEURS DE PERLES, LES (The Pearl Fishers) Bizet PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE Debussy PORGY AND BESS Gershwin I PURITANI (The Puritans) Bellini RIGOLETTO Verdi THE RING Wagner Rhinegold Valkyrie Siegfried Götterdämmerung (The Twilight of the Gods) LA RONDINE (The Swallow) Puccini RHINEGOLD Wagner ROSENKAVALIER Richard Strauss SALOME Richard Strauss SCHICCHI, GIANNI Puccini SICILIAN VESPERS, THE Verdi SIEGFRIED Wagner IL SERAGLIO (The Escape from the Seraglio) Mozart SIMON BOCCANEGRA Verdi LA SONNAMBULA (The Sleepwalker) Bellini STUARDA, MARIA Donizetti SUOR ANGELICA (Sister Angelica) Puccini IL TABARRO (The Cloak) Puccini TANNHÄUSER Wagner TELL, WILLIAM Rossini THE THREEPENNY OPERA Weill TITO, LA CLEMENZA DI (Tito the Magnanimous) Mozart TOSCA Puccini LA TRAVIATA (The Fallen Woman) Verdi TRISTAN AND ISOLDE Wagner IL TROVATORE (The Troubadour) Verdi TURANDOT Puccini THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS Wagner VALKYRIE Wagner I VESPRI SICILIANI (The Sicilian Vespers) Verdi WERTHER Massenet WILLIAM TELL Rossini WOZZECK Berg ZAUBERFLÖTE, DIE (The Magic Flute) Mozart Operatica The Composers Artists—conductors —singers Words words words Acknowledgments About the Author How to use this guide • The operas in this guide are those that have passed the simple popularity test of having three or more versions listed in the Gramophone CD catalogue of December 1992.
Poor thing too say the comics from the wings. A sweet girl like her gone potty. What a shame. ) There was this guy called Theseus or maybe not I’m totally confused says Ariadne. Ariadne! call the nymphs (-adne says Echo who is beginning to get on everyone’s nerves) wake up, love, it’s us, your friendly neighbourhood nymphs. Music sometimes does the trick says Harlequin from the wings. Let’s try a song. He sings, quite nicely. She moves a little but not much. You fancy her or something? says Zerbinetta to Harlequin.
Enter Johnny the Composer. Get the first violins here for a final rehearsal Jim he says to a lackey. All fiddles are on duty in the governor’s salon says the lackey rudely. The Composer thinks of a tune. He gets involved in a row between the Tenor and a member of the wardrobe department. Zerbinetta comes out of her dressing room and chats with a posse of backstage folk. Whossat? asks the Composer. A member of the comedy act coming on after your opera says the Music Director. Comedy act? After my show?
A Night at the Opera by Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]