By Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]
This a bit irreverent consultant to opera summarizes the plots of 17 of the world's nice operas, together with Aida, l. a. Boheme, and Carmen, and describes their characters, artists, and composers.
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Modern Library and colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc. —Rev. ed. p. cm. Includes index. eISBN: 978-0-307-80782-3 1. Opera—Humor. 2. Opera—Stories, plots, etc. I. Title. 1 To Moni Contents Cover Title Page Copyright Dedication How to use this guide THE OPERAS ADRIANA LECOUVREUR Cilea AIDA Verdi ANDREA CHENIER Giordano ANGELICA, SUOR (Sister Angelica) Puccini ARIADNE ON NAXOS Richard Strauss ATTILA Verdi UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (A Masked Ball) Verdi THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Rossini BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE Bartok BOCCANEGRA, SIMON Verdi LE BOHÈME Puccini BORIS GODUNOV Musorgsky BUTTERFLY, MADAM Puccini CARLOS, DON Verdi CARMEN Bizet CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (A matter of honour) Mascagni LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella) Rossini CESARE, GIULIO Handel CHENIER, ANDREA Giordano CINDERELLA Rossini LA CLEMENZA DI TITO (Tito the Magnanimous) Mozart COSÌ FAN TUTTE (Never trust a woman) Mozart DIDO AND AENEAS Purcell DON CARLOS Verdi DON GIOVANNI Mozart DON PASQUALE Donizetti DREIGROSCHENOPER, DIE (The Threepenny Opera) Weill DUTCHMAN, THE FLYING Wagner ELEKTRA Richard Strauss L’ELISIR D’AMORE (The love potion) Donizetti ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, DIE (The Escape from the Seraglio) Mozart ERNANI Verdi EUGENE ONEGIN Tchaikovsky FALSTAFF Verdi LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (The Girl of the Golden West) Puccini FAUST Gounod FIDELIO Beethoven FIGARO Mozart DIE FLEDERMAUS Johann Strauss THE FLYING DUTCHMAN Wagner LA FORZA DEL DESTINO (The Force of Destiny) Verdi FREISCHUTZ Weber GIANNI SCHICCHI Puccini LA GIOCONDA (The Street Singer) Ponchielli GIOVANNI, DON Mozart GIULIO CESARE Handel GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST, THE Puccini GODUNOV, BORIS Musorgsky GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (The Twilight of the Gods) Wagner HÄNSEL AND GRETEL Humperdinck IDOMENEO Mozart IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS Gluck L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI (The Italian Girl) Rossini JULIUS CAESAR Handel KHOVANSHCHINA Musorgsky LAKMÉ Delibes LECOUVREUR, ADRIANA Cilea LESCAUT, MANON Puccini I LOMBARDI Verdi LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Donizetti LUISA MILLER Verdi MACBETH Verdi MADAM BUTTERFLY Puccini THE MAGIC FLUTE Mozart MANON LESCAUT Puccini MARIA STUARDA (Mary Stuart) Donizetti THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Mozart A MASKED BALL Verdi MILLER, LUISA Verdi MEISTERSINGER Wagner NORMA Bellini ONEGIN, EUGENE Tchaikovsky ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE Gluck OTELLO Verdi I PAGLIACCI (The Comedians) Leoncavallo PARSIFAL Wagner THE PEARL FISHERS Bizet PĚCHEURS DE PERLES, LES (The Pearl Fishers) Bizet PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE Debussy PORGY AND BESS Gershwin I PURITANI (The Puritans) Bellini RIGOLETTO Verdi THE RING Wagner Rhinegold Valkyrie Siegfried Götterdämmerung (The Twilight of the Gods) LA RONDINE (The Swallow) Puccini RHINEGOLD Wagner ROSENKAVALIER Richard Strauss SALOME Richard Strauss SCHICCHI, GIANNI Puccini SICILIAN VESPERS, THE Verdi SIEGFRIED Wagner IL SERAGLIO (The Escape from the Seraglio) Mozart SIMON BOCCANEGRA Verdi LA SONNAMBULA (The Sleepwalker) Bellini STUARDA, MARIA Donizetti SUOR ANGELICA (Sister Angelica) Puccini IL TABARRO (The Cloak) Puccini TANNHÄUSER Wagner TELL, WILLIAM Rossini THE THREEPENNY OPERA Weill TITO, LA CLEMENZA DI (Tito the Magnanimous) Mozart TOSCA Puccini LA TRAVIATA (The Fallen Woman) Verdi TRISTAN AND ISOLDE Wagner IL TROVATORE (The Troubadour) Verdi TURANDOT Puccini THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS Wagner VALKYRIE Wagner I VESPRI SICILIANI (The Sicilian Vespers) Verdi WERTHER Massenet WILLIAM TELL Rossini WOZZECK Berg ZAUBERFLÖTE, DIE (The Magic Flute) Mozart Operatica The Composers Artists—conductors —singers Words words words Acknowledgments About the Author How to use this guide • The operas in this guide are those that have passed the simple popularity test of having three or more versions listed in the Gramophone CD catalogue of December 1992.
The serious sentimental Michonnet watches from the wings. He thrills to Adriana’s performance. Two great bursts of melody here,27 the first from the orchestra and the second vocal when poor Michonnet finds in her performance something to compensate him for his disappointment. Act II MINUTES FROM THE START 2: O vagabonda stella *** 15: Ma, dunque è vero? * 27: Ho capito * The Princess’s vigil: she describes (very accurately) what it’s like to wait for a lover. She finishes strongly in a noble melody2 (which we will hear again) addressed to the star of the East (for some reason or other).
Meanwhile Michonnet goes and opens the fridge but it’s too dark to recognize the occupant. He closes the fridge. Now the Abbé proposes getting candles and opening the fridge. Adriana interposes, as instructed. The Abbé goes off to get the Prince: Michonnet stands guard. Adriana blows out the candles and opens the fridge and the Princess jumps out. What now? she says. Escape! says Adriana. All exits are blocked says the Princess. Here’s a secret key says Adriana. Get out. Who are you? asks the Princess.
A Night at the Opera by Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]