A Wonderful Surprise
Los Angeles Opera's 'Rigoletto',
enjoyed by MARIA NOCKIN
Giuseppe Verdi spent the decade between 1843 and 1853 writing operas as fast as possible. He referred to that period as his 'galley' years because he worked as hard as a slave. In truth, he produced fourteen operas during that time and some of them, especially Macbeth and Ernani, are frequently heard today. For Ernani, which was first heard in 1844, he asked Francesco Maria Piave to construct an Italian libretto from French author Victor Hugo's drama, Hernani ou l'Honneur Castillan. He wanted the text to be concise but to follow the original as closely as possible and Piave was careful to do exactly as Verdi wished...
Copyright © 6 December 2010