|Operas by Vincenzo Bellini|
Il pirata (The Pirate) is an opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini to an Italian libretto by Felice Romani from a French translation of the tragic play Bertram, or The Castle of St Aldobrando by Charles Maturin. Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini ( November 3, 1801 &ndash September 23, 1835) was a Sicilian Opera Composer Adelson e Salvini ( Adelson and Salvini) is a three act Opera semiseria composed by Vincenzo Bellini and first performed at the Teatro del Conservatorio Bianca e Fernando ( English Bianca and Fernando) is an Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini. La straniera ( English The Stranger) is an Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini, from a Libretto by Felice Romani, based Zaira is a tragedia lirica, or tragic Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini ( 1829) from a libretto by Felice Romani based on the I Capuleti e i Montecchi ( The Capulets and the Montagues) is an Italian Opera by Vincenzo Bellini. La sonnambula ( The Sleepwalker) is an Opera semiseria in two acts music by Vincenzo Bellini to an Italian Libretto by Felice Norma is a tragedia lirica or Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with Libretto by Felice Romani after Norma ossia Beatrice di Tenda, is a 'tragedia lirica' or tragic Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini, from a Libretto by Felice Romani, after the play I puritani ( The Puritans) is an Opera in three acts by Vincenzo Bellini. Opera is an art form in which Singers and Musicians perform a Dramatic work (called an opera which combines a text (called a Libretto Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini ( November 3, 1801 &ndash September 23, 1835) was a Sicilian Opera Composer Italian ( or lingua italiana) is a Romance language spoken by about 63 million people as a First language, primarily in Italy. Felice Romani ( January 31, 1788 — January 28, 1865) was an Italian Poet and scholar of literature and Mythology Charles Robert Maturin, also known as CR Maturin ( September 25, 1782 in Dublin – October 30, 1824 in Dublin was an It premiered at La Scala on October 27, 1827. The Teatro alla Scala (or La Scala, as it is known in Milan, Italy, is one of the world's most famous Opera houses The theatre was Events 312 - Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross. Year 1827 ( MDCCCXXVII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common
The original play has been compared with Bellini's opera and the influence of Il Pirata on Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor has been noted Also, Bellini's recycling of his own music in this opera has been analyzed, as well as his utilizing "a more self-consciously innovative compositional style" and participating more in work on the libretto, as compared with prior efforts where he was more deferential to the librettists chosen by the Naples opera management and the corresponding texts. Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico (tragic Opera) in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti.  In addition, 19th-century commentary has noted the musical influence of Il Pirata on the early Richard Wagner opera Das Liebesverbot
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, October 27, 1827|
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|Ernesto, Duke of Caldora||baritone||Antonio Tamburini|
|Imogene, his wife||soprano||Henriette Méric-Lalande|
|Gualtiero, former Count of Montalto||tenor||Giovanni Rubini|
|Itulbo, Gualtiero's lieutenant||tenor||Lorenzo Lombardi|
|Goffredo, a hermit, once tutor to Gualtiero||bass||Pietro Ansilioni|
|Adele, Imogene's companion||soprano||Marietta Sacchi|
|A little boy, son to Imogene and Ernesto||silent|
|Fishermen and women, pirates, knights, ladies|
On a stormy sea-shore, fisherfolk watch a shipwreck. Das Liebesverbot ( The Ban on Love) is an early Opera in two acts by Richard Wagner, with the Libretto written by the composer after Shakespeare's This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. Antonio Tamburini ( March 28, 1800 - November 8, 1876) was an Italian Baritone. This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. Henriette Méric-Lalande (1798 Dunkerque - September 7, 1867, Chantilly) was a French operatic Soprano, one of the leading sopranos The tenor is the highest male voice within the Modal register, just above the Baritone voice Giovanni Battista Rubini ( April 7, 1794 - March 3, 1854) was an Italian Tenor, as famous in his time as Enrico Caruso Among the survivors is Gualtiero, who is recognised and offered refuge by Goffredo. Gualtiero tells him that he drew strength from his continuing love for Imogene ("Nel furor delle tempeste"), although she is now married to Ernesto. She arrives to offer hospitality to the shipwrecked strangers, but Gualtiero does not reveal himself, and Imogene assumes from what Itulbo tells her that he is dead. She tells Adele that she dreamt that he had been killed by her husband ("Lo sognai ferito, esangue").
At night, Itulbo warns the strangers not to reveal that they are the pirates who have been pursued by Ernesto. Meanwhile, Imogene is strangely fascinated by Goffredo's guest, who soon reveals to her who he really is. Gualtiero learns that she had married Ernesto only because he had threatened her father's life, and when he sees that she has borne Ernesto's child, he starts to think of revenge ("Pietosa al padre").
Ernesto and his men celebrate victory over the pirates ("Sì, vincemmo"), but he is annoyed that Imogene is not celebrating, too. He questions Itulbo (who pretends to be the pirates' chief) about Gualtiero's fate, and the act ends with all the principals expressing their conflicting emotions, though Goffredo manages to restrain Gualtiero from giving his identity away.
Adele tells Imogene that Gualtiero wishes to see her before he leaves. Ernesto accuses Imogene of being unfaithful to him, but she defends herself by saying that her continuing love for Gualtiero is based solely on her remembrance of their past encounters. Ernesto is inclined to take her word for it, but, when he is told that Gualtiero is being sheltered in his own castle, he is consumed by rage.
Despite Itulbo's pleas, Gualtiero meets Imogene again before he leaves. Their acceptance of the situation alternates with passionate declarations of love, and Ernesto, arriving, conceals himself and overhears the end of their duet. He is discovered, and exits with Gualtiero, each determined to fight to the death.
It is Ernesto who is killed. Gualtiero, to the amazement of Ernesto's retainers, gives himself up to justice, and, as he is taken away, he prays that Imogene may forgive him ("Tu vedrai la sventurata"). She appears in a state of anguish and sees visions of her dead husband and her son ("Col sorriso d'innocenza . . . Oh sole, ti vela di tenebre oscure"). Meanwhile, the Council of Knights has condemned Gualtiero to death.
(Imogene, Gualtiero, Ernesto, Goffredo)
Opera House and Orchestra
Pier Miranda Ferraro,
American Opera Society Orchestra and Chorus
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Radiotelevisione Italiana Orchestra and Chorus
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Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra
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