Adelia (opera)

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Adelia
Opera by Gaetano Donizetti

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The composer, c. 1835
Other titleLa figlia dell'arciere
Librettist
Language Italian
Premiere11 February 1841 (1841-02-11)
Teatro Apollo, Rome

Adelia, o La figlia dell'arciere (Adelia, or The Archer's Daughter) is an opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. The Italian libretto was written partly by Felice Romani (Acts 1 and 2) and by Girolamo Maria Marini (Act 3), a part-time poet who had achieved notability the previous year with Otto Nicolai's Il templario . The opera premiered at the Teatro Apollo, Rome on 11 February 1841.

Opera artform combining sung text and musical score in a theatrical setting

Opera is a form of theatre in which music has a leading role and the parts are taken by singers, but is distinct from musical theater. Such a "work" is typically a collaboration between a composer and a librettist and incorporates a number of the performing arts, such as acting, scenery, costume, and sometimes dance or ballet. The performance is typically given in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble, which since the early 19th century has been led by a conductor.

Gaetano Donizetti 19th-century Italian opera composer

Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti was an Italian composer. Along with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, Donizetti was a leading composer of the bel canto opera style during the first half of the nineteenth century. Donizetti's close association with the bel canto style was undoubtedly an influence on other composers such as Giuseppe Verdi.

Libretto text used for an extended musical work

A libretto is the text used in, or intended for, an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, oratorio, cantata or musical. The term libretto is also sometimes used to refer to the text of major liturgical works, such as the Mass, requiem and sacred cantata, or the story line of a ballet.

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Roles

RoleVoice typePremiere Cast, 11 February 1841
(Conductor: Emilio Angelini )
Carlo, Duke of Burgundy baritone Filippo Valentini
Oliviero, Count of Fienna tenor Lorenzo Salvi
Arnoldo, commander of the French archers in the service of the Duke bass Ignazio Marini
Adelia, his daughter soprano Giuseppina Strepponi
Comino, the Duke's chamberlaintenor Pietro Gasperini
Odetta, Adelia's friend mezzo-soprano Clementina Baroni
A squire of Olivierobass Luigi Fossi

Synopsis

Time: "The past" [1]
Place: Burgundy

Notable arias and numbers

Act 1

Act 2

Act 3

Recordings

YearCast
(Carlo, Oliviero, Arnoldo, Adelia)
Conductor,
Opera House and Orchestra
Label [2]
1998Stefano Antonucci,
Octavio Arévalo,
Boris Martinovic,
Mariella Devia
John Neschling
Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa Orchestra and Chorus
(Recorded at performances in the Teatro Carlo Felice, January/ February)
Audio CD: BMG Ricordi(Agorá)
Cat: RFCD 2029
2006Giulio Mastronataro,
David Sotgiu,
Andrea Silvestrelli,
Michela Sburlati
Gustav Kuhn
Haydn Orchester von Bozen und Trient and the Haydn Choir
(Recorded at concert performances in the Bolzano Auditorium, Bozen, 11–16 December)
Audio CD: RCA «Red Seal»
Cat: 88697 10813 2

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William Ashbrook was an American musicologist, writer, journalist, and academic. He was perhaps best noted as a historian, researcher and popularizer of the works of Italian opera composer Gaetano Donizetti.

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