Category: Opera Stories

L’Amico Fritz

L’Amico Fritz

Lyric Comedy in three acts by Pietro Mascagni Text after Erckmann-Chatrian’s novel. Fritz Kobus, a well-to-do-landowner, receives the felicitations of his friends on his fortieth birthday. At the same time his old friend Rabbi...

L’Africaine

L’Africaine

Opera in five acts by Giacomo Meyerbeer. Text by Scribe. The first act is laid in Lisbon. Donna Ines, Admiral Diego’s daughter, is to give her hand to Don Pedro, a counselor of the...

La Damnation de Faust

La Damnation de Faust

(The Damnation of Faust) Opera in four parts by Hector Berlioz. In the first part Faust, the learned philosopher, wanders in the fields, near a German village, at sunrise, meditating upon nature. He observes...

La Dame Blanche

La Dame Blanche

Comic Opera in three act: by Francois Adrien Boieldieu Text by Scribe The scene is laid in Scotland, the plot being taken from two of Sir Walter Scott’s novels, “The Monastery” and “Guy Mannering”....

La Boheme

La Boheme

Opera in four ads by Giacomo Puccini Text by Giacomo Puccini The first act opens in a garret in Paris, in about 1830, and shows us Marcel the painter and Rudolph the poet, from...

Eugen Onegin

Eugen Onegin

Opera in three acts by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky Text adapted from Pushkin’s tale The first act shows a garden, in which Frau Larina, owner of a country estate, is preserving fruit and listening to...

The Story of Esmeralda

The Story of Esmeralda

Opera in four acts by Arthur Goring Thomas The first act takes place in he Court of Miracles in Paris, where the beggars are assembled and discuss the edict condemning the poet Gringoire to...

The Story of Ernani

The Story of Ernani

Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi Text adapted from Victor Hugo’s “Hernani” by Piave Ernani, an Italian rebel of obscure parentage, is the accepted lover of Donna Elvira, the high born niece of...

The Story of Elektra

The Story of Elektra

Opera in one act by Richard Strauss Text by Hofmannsthal Like nearly all the works of this composer in larger form, “Elektra” gave rise to a merry war among the critics. It was roundly...

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

  Comic Opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti Text after “Ser Marcantonio” by Cammerano The wealthy old bachelor Don Pasquale desires to marry his only nephew to a rich and noble lady; but...