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.
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.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 5 September 1830|
(Conductor: - )
|Bonifacio Geremei||baritone||Antonio Tamburini|
|Orlando Lambertazzi||tenor||Giovanni Basadonna|
|Customers, followers of Lambertazzi, friends of Gieremei, soldiers, people|
(This is a variation of the story of Romeo and Juliet.)
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.
Opera House and Orchestra
Diego D' Auria,
Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra
(Recorded at performances in Lugano, 15–19 February)
|Audio CD: Nuova Era|
|2007|| Nicole Cabell,|
| Mark Elder,|
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
|Audio CD: Opera Rara|
Cat: ORC 36