Category: Opera Stories

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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...

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The Bohemian Girl

Opera in three act: by Michael William Balfe Text by Bunn The opera opens with a scene on Count Arnheim’s grounds near Presburg. Count Arnheim’s retainers are waiting to accompany him to the hunt....

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Les Dragons De Villars

(The Hermit’s Bell) Comic Opera in three parts by Louis Aime Maillart Text after the French by Ernst The scene is liad in a French mountain village near the frontier of Savoy toward the...

Les Contes d’ Hoffmann

Les Contes d’ Hoffmann

(Hoffmann’s Tales) Fantastic Opera in three ants by Jacques Offenbach Text by Barbier The first scene, a prologue, is laid in Luther’s famous wine-cellar in Nuremberg. The hero of the opera, Hoffmann himself ,...

Le Domino Noir

Le Domino Noir

(The Black Domino) Comic Opera in three acts by Daniel F. E. Auber Text by Scribe The scene is laid in Madrid in the last century. The Queen of Spain gives a masked ball,...

Le Cid

Le Cid

Lyric Drama in three acts by Peter Cornelius The scene is laid in Burgos in Castile in the year 1064. The first act opens with a large concourse of people, assembled to celebrate the...