Opera Stories

Stories of the operas.

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Die Zauberflote – The Magic Flute

“Die Zauberflote” or “The Magic Flute” an opera in three acts, with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and libretto by Amanuel Schickaneder, was first produced in Vienna, September 30, 1791, Mozart directing. The text,...

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The Clandestine Marriage – Il Matrimonio Segreto

“Il Matrimonio Segreto,” or “The Clandestine Marriage,” a comic opera in two acts, with music by Domenico Cimarosa and words by Bertati, was produced in Florence in 1792. Characters Carolina, younger daughter of Geronimo...

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Cosi Fan Tutte

Comic Opera in two act: by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Text by Da Ponte, newly arranged by Schneider and Devrient DON FERNANDO and Don Alvar are betrothed to two Andalusian ladies, Rosaura and Isabella. They...

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Le Nozze De Figaro

“Le Nozze di Figaro” or “The Marriage of Figaro,” subtitled “A Day of Folly,” an opera bouffe in four acts, with music by Mozart and text by Lorenza da Ponte, was first presented at...

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Iphigenie En Tauride

“Iphigenie en Tauride” or “Iphigenia in Tauris,” a grand opera in 4 acts, with score by Christoph Willibald Gluck and text by Guillard, was produced in Paris in 1779. Characters Iphigenia, daughter of Agamemnon...

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Iphigenie En Aulide

“Iphigenie en Aulide” or “Iphigenia in Aulus”, a grand opera in three acts with music by Christoph Willibald Gluck and text by Bailli du Rollet, based upon the tragedy of Racine, which, in turn,...

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Orpheus

“Orpheus,” an opera in three acts, the libretto by the Italian poet, Raniero di Calzabigi, and the music by Christoph Willibald Gluck, was first produced in Vienna, October 5, 1762. Characters Orpheus Eurydice Love...

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The Beggar’s Opera

The opening page of a copy of the book of this work at the Lenox Library in New York is inscribed as follows: “The beggar’s Opera as it is acted at the Theatre Royal...

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Gounod’s Masterpiece, “Faust”

Famous Singers in “Faust” The cast of Faust is allotted to the singers as follows: Faust – Tenor Mephistopheles – Basso Valentine – Baritone Siebel – Soprano Marguerite – Soprano Martha – Alto The...

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Un Ballo in Maschera

Lyric Drama in five acts by Guiseppe Verdi Text by Piave The libretto is almost identical with Auber’s “Ballo in Maschera”, which follows. Count Richard, governor of Boston, is adored by the people but...