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Calisto Bassi (Cremona, beginning of the 19th century  Abbiategrasso, c. 1860) was an Italian opera librettist.

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Bassi wrote many original librettos and was also active as translator into Italian of several librettos from other languages. For many years he was also stage director at La Scala in Milan.

La Scala Opera house in Milan, Italy

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Original librettos

TitleGenreSubdivisionsMusicPremièrePlace, theatre
azione lirica3 actsVienna, Theater am Kärntnertor
melodramma giocoso2 actsVienna, Theater am Kärntnertor
melodramma serio2 actsTrieste, Teatro Grande
opera seria2 actsMilan, Teatro alla Scala
melodramma tragico2 actsMilan, Teatro alla Scala
Ricciarda di Edimburgodramma serio2 actsTrieste, Teatro Grande
Iacopo di Valenzamelodramma2 actsTrieste, Teatro Grande
melodramma comico1 actMilan, Teatro alla Scala
Amelia, ossia Otto anni di costanzamelodramma comico3 actsNapoli, Teatro San Carlo
farsa1 actMilan, Teatro alla Canobbiana
melodramma comico2 actsMilan, Teatro alla Canobbiana
melodramma comico1 actMilan, Teatro alla Canobbiana
Salvator Rosafarsa3 actsMilan, Teatro alla Canobbiana
melodramma buffo2 actsMilan, Teatro alla Scala
opera seria2 actsReggio Emilia, Teatro Comunale
melodramma buffo3 actsMilan, Teatro alla Scala
melodramma1 actMilan, Teatro alla Scala
Rosalia di San Miniatomelodramma semiserio1 actMilan, Conservatory
Azema di Granata, ovvero Gli Abencerragi ed i Zegrinimelodramma tragico2 actsMilan, Teatro alla Scala
Don Bucefalo melodramma giocoso3 actsMilan, Conservatory
melodramma comico3 actsMilan, Teatro Re
Mezz'ora all'Infernocantata fantasticaMilan, Teatro Carcano
Due mogli in unamelodramma giocoso2 actsMilan, Teatro Filodrammatici
Ida di Danimarca
(Revision of La fidanzata di Lammermoor, after Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor )
opera3 actsMilan, Teatro Carcano
Elodia di San Mauromelodramma3 actsMilan, Teatro Carcano

Translations

This is a partial list of librettos translated into Italian by Bassi. Location and date refer to the first performance of the translated version.

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Sources

The Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani is a biographical dictionary published by the Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana, started in 1925 and not yet completed. It is planned to include about 40,000 biographies of distinguished Italians. The entries are signed by their authors and provide a rich bibliography.



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