100 Great Operas And Their Stories: Act-By-Act Synopses by Henry W. Simon

By Henry W. Simon

A useful advisor for either informal opera fanatics and aficionados, 100 nice Operas is likely to be the main finished and stress-free quantity of opera tales ever written.
 
From La Traviata to Aïda, from Carmen to Don Giovanni, listed below are the plots of the world’s best-loved operas, instructed in an enticing, picturesque, and readable demeanour. Written by way of famous opera authority Henry W. Simon, this designated reference publication comprises act-by-act descriptions of a hundred operatic works starting from the historical early 17th century masterpieces of Monteverdi to the fashionable classics of Gian-Carlo Menotti.
 
as well as highlighting crucial elements of every opera, the writer discusses the most characters, the well-known turnings of plot, and the main major arias. right here, too, is a wealth of anecdotes bearing on literary historical past, prior performances and stars, and creation difficulties of the good operas.

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100 Great Operas And Their Stories: Act-By-Act Synopses

A useful advisor for either informal opera enthusiasts and aficionados, a hundred nice Operas is likely to be the main finished and relaxing quantity of opera tales ever written.   From l. a. Traviata to Aïda, from Carmen to Don Giovanni, listed below are the plots of the world’s best-loved operas, informed in an attractive, picturesque, and readable demeanour.

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The last detail is almost the only one that Illica used accurately, though the general character of the young man would seem to be faithfully enough projected. Andrea Chénier was Giordano’s fourth operatic score. He composed it while still a comparatively obscure young man of twenty-seven, seated in a warehouse in Milan full of gravestones and other funeral statuary. ) From the night of its premiere, March 28, 1896, he was a famous man, and remained one till he died in 1948 even though he never quite equaled that success.

Although she had originally planned to have Inez slain, Selika gradually realizes that their loves for Vasco are equally great and that he prefers his countrywoman. Thereupon Selika calls Nelusko and the soldiers, orders that Vasco and Inez be put on a ship bound for Portugal, and tells Nelusko to meet her at the end of a certain promontory to watch the departing sails. Scene 2 On that promontory Selika addresses first the sea, which is no deeper than her misery, and then the manchineel tree, whose poison is to bring her misery to an end.

On top, where almost all the action takes place, is the main deck; below is shown a cross-section of the ship, with the cabins of the various passengers. Early in the morning of a fine day in mid-ocean Inez is lolling on a couch, sunning herself, as Selika and the rest of her female attendants entertain her with a chorus about their swift and easy-sailing vessel. Don Pedro makes some fatuous comments on his own talents as a navigator; the male chorus of sailors obliges with a chanty; and all the vocal and orchestral forces join in a fine prayer to St.

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