Vittorio Gnecchi: Cassandra (1903)

Opera in prologo e due parti. Running Time: 1 hour 36 minutes. Did Richard Strauss plagiarize the son of an Italian industrialist when he wrote Elektra? In 1909, an article by the musicologist Giovanni Tebaldini made this accusation, causing this opera, (which had been successfully running the Italian opera circuit in its first five years), […]

Ambroise Thomas: Mignon (1866)

Opera ou Opera Comique en trois actes et quatre (ou cinq?) tableaux. Running Time: 3 hours 1 minute (plus 14 minutes of supplemental material) Ah, my annual birthday review!  I actually wrote act one up in August 2020, put it aside for over a year, and finished up everything else in October 2021. I have […]

Pietro Mascagni: Nerone (1935)

Opera in three acts and four scenes. Running Time: 1 hour 49 minutes. The Rome Opera actually has photographs of the original sets of this opera here: https://archiviostorico.operaroma.it/edizione_opera/nerone-p-mascagni-1936-37/ This was the last premiered opera of Mascagni, ending a career which had started off with the infamous sphere known as Cav of Cav-Pag fame, which, for non-opera elites, is not the […]