GIUSEPPE PENNISI is impressed by
Donizetti's religious opera
'Linda di Chamounix'
Probably only a few M&V readers will be aware that Gaetano Donizetti composed a religious opera, very successful in the mid nineteenth century but since then almost forgotten. It is the seldom performed Linda di Chamounix commissioned by the Vienna Imperial Theatre, where it was premiered on 19 May 1842. It was such a tremendous success that Donizetti was appointed Court Composer and Kapellemeister of the Imperial Chapel (where he composed quite a lot of sacred music).
Linda di Chamounix was often staged in many European countries until the second half of the nineteenth century; there are editions not only in the original Italian language but also in French and German...
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