By Henry W. Simon
A useful consultant for either informal opera lovers and afficionados, this quantity comprises act-by-act descriptions of operatic works starting from the early 17th century masterworks of Monteverdi and Purcell to the trendy classics of Menotti and Britten. Written in a full of life anecdotal type, entries contain personality descriptions, historic history, and masses extra.
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Operas—Stories, plots, etc. I. Simon, Henry W. (Henry William), 1901–1970. Festival of opera. II. Title. III. Title: One hundred great operas and their stories. 1 FOR ROZ CONTENTS Cover Title Page Copyright Dedication Preface THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, Mozart L’AFRICAINE, Meyerbeer AÏDA, Verdi ALCESTE, Gluck AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, Menotti L’AMORE DEI TRE RE, Montemezzi ANDREA CHÉNIER, Giordano ARABELLA, Strauss ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Strauss UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Verdi THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Rossini IL BARBIERE DI siVIGLIA, Rossini THE BARTERED BRIDE, Smetana BASTIEN UND BASTIENNE, Mozart THE BAT, Strauss LA BOHÈME, Puccini BORIS GODOUNOFF, Moussorgsky CAPRICCIO, Strauss CARMEN, Bizet CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Mascagni LA CENERENTOLA, Rossini CINDERELLA, Rossini THE CLANDESTINE MARRIAGE, Cimarosa THE CLOAK, Puccini THE CONSUL, Menotti LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, Offenbach LE COQ D’OR, Rimsky-Korsakoff COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Mozart DIDO AND AENEAS, Purcell DON CARLOS, Verdi DON GIOVANNI, Mozart DON JUAN, Mozart DON PASQUALE, Donizetti ELEKTRA, Strauss L’ELISIR D’AMORE, Donizetti DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, Mozart ERNANI, Verdi EUGEN ONEGIN, Tchaikovsky THE FABLE OF ORPHEUS, Monteverdi FALSTAFF, Verdi LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, Puccini FAUST, Gounod LA FAVOLA D’ORFEO, Monteverdi FIDELIO, Beethoven DIE FLEDERMAUS, Strauss DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, Wagner THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, Wagner THE FORCE OF DESTINY, Verdi LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Verdi FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS, Thomson DER FREISCHÜTZ, Weber GIANNI SCHICCHI, Puccini LA GIOCONDA, Ponchielli THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST, Puccini GIULIO CESARE, Handel THE GOLDEN COCKEREL, Rimsky-Korsakoff DIE GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Wagner GUILLAUME TELL, Rossini HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, Humperdinck L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE, Ravel LES HUGUENOTS, Meyerbeer JULIUS CAESAR, Handel THE KNIGHT OF THE ROSE, Strauss KNYAZ IGOR, Borodin LAKMÉ, Delibes LOHENGRIN, Wagner LOUISE, Charpentier THE LOVE OF THREE KINGS, Montemezzi THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES, Prokofieff LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Donizetti LYUBOV K TREM APELSINAM, Prokofieff MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Puccini THE MAGIC FLUTE, Mozart MANON, Massenet MANON LESCAUT, Puccini THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, Mozart MARTHA, Flotow A MASKED BALL, Verdi THE MASTERSINGERS OF NUREMBERG, Wagner IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO, Cimarosa THE MEDIUM, Menotti MEFISTOFELE, Boito DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, Wagner MIGNON, Thomas NORMA, Bellini LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Mozart OBERON, Weber ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE, Gluck OTELLO, Verdi PAGLIACCI, Leoncavallo PARSIFAL, Wagner PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE, Debussy PETER GRIMES, Britten PORGY AND BESS, Gershwin PRINCE IGOR, Borodin PRODANÁ NEVŠTA, Smetana I PURITANI, Bellini THE RAKE’S PROGRESS, Stravinsky DAS RHEINGOLD, Wagner RIGOLETTO, Verdi THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, Wagner DAS RHEINGOLD DIE WALKÜRE SIEGFRIED DIE GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, Gounod DER ROSENKAVALIER, Strauss RUSTIC CHIVALRY, Macagni SALOME, Strauss SAMSON ET DALILA, Saint-Saëns THE SECRET OF SUZANNE, Wolf-Ferrari IL SEGRETO DI SUSANNA, Wolf-Ferrari LA SERVA PADRONA, Pergolesi SIEGFRIED, Wagner SIMON BOCCANEGRA, Verdi SISTER ANGELICA, Puccini THE SPANISH HOUR, Ravel SUOR ANGELICA, Puccini IL TABARRO, Puccini THE TALES OF HOFFMANN, Offenbach TANNHÄUSER, Wagner THE TELEPHONE, Menotti THAÏS, Massenet TOSCA, Puccini LA TRAVIATA, Verdi TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Wagner THE TROJANS, Berlioz IL TROVATORE, Verdi LES TROYENS, Berlioz TURANDOT, Puccini THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, Wagner DIE VERKAUFTE BRAUT, Smetana THE VALKYRIE, Wagner DIE WALKÜRE, Wagner WILLIAM TELL, Rossini WOZZECK, Berg YEVGENY ONYEGIN, Tchaikovsky DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Mozart ZOLOTOY PYETUSHOK, Rimsky-Korsakoff Chronology About the Author PREFACE AN APOLOGY FOR SMILING Every one of the stories in this book is—or, at least, once was—good.
In fact, he is in the palace as an architect; he has a ship anchored in the bay; and they will all elope at midnight! As for the ever-suspicious Osmin, he will have to be taken care of by a well-prepared drink. Almost at once Pedrillo has his chance. Osmin comes in and it does not take a long argument for Pedrillo to overcome his Mohammedan scruples about alcohol. The old fellow drinks himself silly and is dragged off sound asleep. The act ends with a perfectly delightful quartet by the four lovers.
The aristocrats have clearly failed to see the handwriting on the wall. ACT II Several years have passed: the Bastille has been taken, and the revolution rules. One of its leaders is Gérard, the former lackey. The poet, Andrea Chénier, has also helped, but now he is under suspicion as a counterrevolutionary. As for the Coigny aristocrats, their château has been burned to the ground, and only Madeleine survives. The act takes place outside a café in Paris. Bersi, Madeleine’s former maid and now a jolly revolutionary, is talking with a man who boasts the incredible name of Incredibile.
100 Great Operas And Their Stories: Act-By-Act Synopses by Henry W. Simon