Imelda de' Lambertazzi

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Imelda de' Lambertazzi is a melodramma tragico or tragic opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti from a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola, based on the tragedy Imelda by Gabriele Sperduti. It received its first performance on 5 September 1830 at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples.

Melodramma is a 17th-century Italian term for a text to be set as an opera, or the opera itself. In the 19th-century, it was used in a much narrower sense by English writers to discuss developments in the early Italian libretto, e.g., Rigoletto and Un ballo in maschera. Characteristic are the influence of French bourgeois drama, female instead of male protagonists, and the practice of opening the action with a chorus.

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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.

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Performance history

The opera was not a great success and performances of it are very rare. A concert performance was given on 10 March 2007 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, conducted by Mark Elder, which was recorded by Opera Rara. [1]

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Roles

RoleVoice typePremiere Cast, 5 September 1830
(Conductor: - )
Imelda soprano Antonietta Galzerani
Bonifacio Geremei baritone Antonio Tamburini
Lamberto tenor Berardo Winter
Orlando LambertazzitenorGiovanni Basadonna
Ugo bass Michele Benedetti
UbaldobassGennaro Ambrosini
Customers, followers of Lambertazzi, friends of Gieremei, soldiers, people

Synopsis

"Imelda e Bonifacio": death of Bonifacio in Imelda's arms, by Giovanni Pagliarini (1809-1878) Imelda de' Lambertazzi - 01.jpg
"Imelda e Bonifacio": death of Bonifacio in Imelda's arms, by Giovanni Pagliarini (1809-1878)

(This is a variation of the story of Romeo and Juliet.)

Time: 16th century
Place: Bologna [2]

Imelda Lambertazzi (of the family supporting the Guelfs) loves Bonifacio, heir of the Geremei (of the family supporting the Ghibellines). When Bonifacio proposes peace between the families, to be sealed by their marriage, he is met with the ire of Imelda's father and brother. When Bonifacio attempts to see Imelda, he is stabbed with a poisoned dagger by her brother. Imelda pleads for forgiveness from her father before expiring herself, having sucked the poison from Bonifacio's wound.

Recordings

YearCast:
Imelda, Lamberto,
Orlando Lambertazzi,
Bonifacio
Conductor,
Opera House and Orchestra
Label [3]
1989Floriana Sovilla,
Diego D' Auria,
Fausto Tenzi,
Andrea Martin
Marc Andreae,
Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra
(Recorded at performances in Lugano, 15–19 February)
Audio CD: Nuova Era
Cat: 6778/6779
2007 Nicole Cabell,
Massimo Giordano,
Frank Lopardo,
James Westman
Mark Elder,
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Audio CD: Opera Rara
Cat: ORC 36

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References

Notes

  1. Ashley, Tim (17 April 2008). "Donizetti: Imelda de' Lambertazzi". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  2. Osborne 1994, p. 192
  3. Source for recording information: Recording(s) of Imelda de' Lambertazzi on operadis-opera-discography.org.uk

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