Luigi Canepa: Riccardo III (1879)

Opera in four acts. Running Time 2 hours 1 minute. This is Shakespeare’s Richard III as an opera, sort of. I happened upon it by accident months ago, listed it for review, and left it until recently before I did some googling on it and found that some people were rather interested in it, so […]

Italo Montemezzi: L’amore dei tre re (1913)

Opera in three acts. Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes. PLOT: Italy, the dark ages. Forty years earlier the kingdom of Altura was invaded and conquered by the Germanic prince Archibaldo. He married the Alturan princess Fiora to his son Manfredo but she continues an affair with Alturan prince Avito. The only other named character […]

Giuseppe Verdi: Aroldo (1857)

Opera in four acts. Running Time 120 minutes. Technically, this is the same opera as Stiffelio which I have already reviewed, but it does have a different setting, and even different music at times (the fourth act is entirely original here). Also, I really love Verdi and have a serious desire to just be a completist and […]

Richard Strauss: Daphne (1938)

Opera in one act. Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes. This is a change, a late Strauss bucolic music drama in one act, in German. I usually avoid operas in German but here I could not resist. Like Salome and Elektra before her, Daphne provided Strauss with yet another subject for one of his single […]

Jules Massenet: Manon (1884)

Opera comique en cinq actes. Running Time: 2 hours 39 minutes. In honor of Valentine’s Day we have a famously romantic French work to offer. This is, even more than Saint-Saens’s Samson et Dalila, the most glaring omission from Sir Denis Forman’s A Night at the Opera. I’m not sure how this opera did not have three entries in the Deutsche Gramophone catalogue and […]

Francesco Cilea: Gina (1889)

Opera in three acts. Running Time: 1 hour 28 minutes. I have to make an announcement here: I will be very busy in the next five months and will probably only get around to two or three posts per month. Thank you to all of my readers. This was Cilea’s first opera, and like much […]