William Vincent Wallace: Maritana (1845)

Opera in three acts. Running Time: 2 hours 12 minutes. Wallace was from Dublin, and discovered as a virtuoso pianist and violinist who in the mid-1830s did concert tours in Tasmania and Australia before abandoning his wife and son there in 1838 to flee to Chile because of debts. He became conductor of an opera […]

Richard Strauss: Guntram (1894)

Opera in three acts. Running Time: 1 hour 46 minutes. If Salome is a soprano marathon, this is the tenor equivalent. Although broken up with two intervals because of scene changes not found in the next three operas Strauss wrote, the tenor lead is almost always on stage. His first opera, it was rarely performed […]

Gaetano Donizetti: Marino Faliero (1835)

Opera in three acts. Running Time 2 hours 25 minutes. This opera was commissioned by Rossini for the Theatre Italien in Paris and premiered just months after Bellini’s I Puritani (also commissioned by Rossini at the same time). Unlike the latter which has been a staple for over a century and a half, this opera has essentially […]

Leo Delibes: Le roi l’a dit (1872)

Opera comique en trois actes. Running Time: 59 minutes I had two recordings of this opera. One is the 90 minute recording from ina.fr which I have since misplaced. The other is this recording which I got from malibran.com. It is from 1956 conducted by Jules Gressier with Christiane Jacquin as Javotte and Michel Senechal […]

Domenico Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto (1792)

Opera in two acts. Running Time: 2 hours 21 minutes. This is probably the only non-Mozart opera from the 18th century that I really personally like, so it makes sense for it to be the first 18th century opera on this blog. Incidentally it is scored for the same instrumentation as Mozart’s last opera La clemenza […]