Opera Stories

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The Freeshooter - Der Freischutz

The Freeshooter

Der Freischutz or The Freeshooter is a romantic opera in two acts with words by Friedrich Kind and music by Carl Maria von Weber. It was first produced in Berlin June 18, 1821. Characters...

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The Barber of Seville

Il Barbiere Di Sivigliaor The Barber of Seville by Rossini and Sterbini. The Barber of Seville is an opera buffa in two acts. The text is from Sterbini, a Roman poet. It was founded...

Fidelio

Fidelio

‘Fidelio’ or ‘Conjugal Love’ was a grand opera in two acts, with music by Ludwig van Beethoven and a libretto freely adapted by Sonnleithner from the French of Bouilly, and was first given to...

Les Deux Journees, The Two Days, The Water Carrier

Les Deux Journees

‘Les Deux Journees’ or ‘The Two Days” also known in Germany as ‘The Water Carrier,” is an opera in three acts, with music by Luigi Cherubini, and text by Bouilly and was produced in...

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Master Operas-Verdi Rigoletto

Between March 11, 1851, and March 6, 1853, Verdi, already a popular hero in Italy, stepped up just one more rung in the ladder of fame. On the first mentioned date Rigoletto was produced...

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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...