This is a list of the operas by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848).
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.
|Title||Genre||Subdivisions||Libretto||Premiere date||Place, theatre||Notes|
|Il Pigmalione||scena drammatica||1 act||13 October 1960, completed 1816||Bergamo, Teatro Donizetti|
|Olimpiade||Metastasio's L'Olimpiade||incomplete, composed 1817|
|L'ira di Achille||1 act||incomplete, composed 1817|
|Enrico di Borgogna||melodramma||2 acts||Bartolomeo Merelli||14 November 1818||Venice, Teatro San Luca|
|Una follia||farsa||1 act||Bartolomeo Merelli||17 December 1818, lost||Venice, Teatro San Luca|
|I piccioli virtuosi ambulanti||opera buffa||1 act||1819||pasticcio performed by Mayr's students|
|Il falegname di Livonia, o Pietro il grande, czar delle Russie||opera buffa||2 acts||Gherardo Bevilacqua-Aldobrandini||26 December 1819||Venice, Teatro San Samuele|
|Le nozze in villa||opera buffa||2 acts||Bartolomeo Merelli||carnival 1820–1821, completed 1819||Mantua, Teatro Vecchio|
|Zoraida di Granata||melodramma eroico||2 acts||Bartolomeo Merelli; revised for Rome 1824 by Jacopo Ferretti||28 January 1822||Rome, Teatro Argentina, rev. 7 January 1824 at the same theatre|
|La zingara||dramma||2 acts||Andrea Leone Tottola||12 May 1822||Naples, Teatro Nuovo|
|La lettera anonima||farsa||1 act||Giulio Genoino||29 June 1822||Naples, Teatro del Fondo|
|Chiara e Serafina, o Il pirata||melodramma semiserio||2 acts||Felice Romani, after Pixérécourt's La cisterne||26 October 1822||Milan, La Scala|
|Alfredo il grande||dramma per musica||2 acts||Andrea Leone Tottola||2 July 1823||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Il fortunato inganno||dramma giocoso||2 acts||Andrea Leone Tottola||3 September 1823||Naples, Teatro Nuovo|
| L'ajo nell'imbarazzo |
[see also Don Gregorio]
|melodramma giocoso||2 acts||Jacopo Ferretti, after Giovanni Giraud's comedy||4 February 1824||Rome, Teatro Valle|
| Emilia di Liverpool |
[see also L'eremitaggio di Liverpool]
|dramma semiserio||2 acts||anonymous, after S. Scatizzi's Emilia de Laverpaut||28 July 1824||Naples, Teatro Nuovo|
|Alahor in Granata||dramma||2 acts||M. A.||7 January 1826||Palermo, Teatro Carolino|
| Don Gregorio |
[rev of L'ajo nell'imbarazzo]
|melodramma giocoso||2 acts||Jacopo Ferretti||11 June 1826||Naples, Teatro Nuovo|
|Elvida||dramma||1 act||Giovanni F. Schmidt||6 July 1826||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Gabriella di Vergy||tragedia lirica||3 acts||Andrea Leone Tottola, after Pierre de Belloy||29 November 1869, completed 1826||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Olivo e Pasquale||melodramma giocoso||2 acts||Jacopo Ferretti, after Simeone Antonio Sografi||7 January 1827||Rome, Teatro Valle|
|Otto mesi in due ore, ossia Gli esiliati in Siberia||opera romantica||3 acts||Domenico Gilardoni, after Pixérécourt's La fille de l'exilé||13 May 1827||Naples, Teatro Nuovo|
|Il borgomastro di Saardam||melodramma giocoso||2 acts||Domenico Gilardoni, after Mélesville, Jean-Toussaint Merle and Eugène Cantiran de Boirie||19 August 1827||Naples, Teatro del Fondo|
| Le convenienze teatrali |
[see also Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali]
|farsa||1 act||Gaetano Donizetti, after Simeone Antonio Sografi||21 November 1827||Naples, Teatro Nuovo|
|L'esule di Roma, ossia Il proscritto||melodramma eroico||2 acts||Domenico Gilardoni, after Luigi Marchionni's Il proscritto romano||1 January 1828||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
| L'eremitaggio di Liverpool |
[rev of Emilia di Liverpool]
|melodramma semiserio||2 acts||Giuseppe Checcherini, after Scatizzi||8 March 1828||Naples, Teatro Nuovo|
|Alina, regina di Golconda||melodramma||2 acts||Felice Romani, after Sedaine's libretto for Monsigny's opera-ballet Aline, reine de Golconde||12 May 1828||Genoa, Teatro Carlo Felice|
|Gianni di Calais||melodramma semiserio||3 acts||Domenico Gilardoni, after a novel by Arlincourt||2 August 1828||Naples, Teatro del Fondo|
|Il paria||melodramma||2 acts||Domenico Gilardoni, after Delavigne||12 January 1829||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Il giovedì grasso, o Il nuovo Pourceaugnac||farsa||1 act||Domenico Gilardoni||26 February 1829||Naples, Teatro del Fondo|
|Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth||melodramma||3 acts||Andrea Leone Tottola, after Scribe's Leicester and Hugo's Amy Robsart||6 July 1829||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Alina, regina di Golconda [rev]||melodramma||2 acts||Felice Romani, after Sedaine||10 October 1829||Rome, Teatro Valle|
|I pazzi per progetto||farsa||1 act||Domenico Gilardoni||6 February 1830||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Il diluvio universale||azione tragica-sacra||3 acts||Domenico Gilardoni, after Byron's Heaven and Earth and Francesco Ringhieri's tragedy Il diluvio||6 March 1830||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Imelda de' Lambertazzi||melodramma tragico||2 acts||Andrea Leone Tottola||5 September 1830||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Anna Bolena||tragedia lirica||2 acts||Felice Romani, after Pindemonte's tragedy Enrico VIII, ossia Anna Bolena and Alessandro Pepoli's Anna Bolena||26 December 1830||Milan, Teatro Carcano|
|Gianni di Parigi||melodramma comico||2 acts||Felice Romani, after Saint-Just's libretto for Boieldieu's opéra-comique Jean de Paris||10 September 1839, composed c. 1828–1831||Milan, La Scala|
| Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali |
[rev of Le convenienze teatrali]
|dramma giocoso||2 acts||Donizetti, after Sografi||20 April 1831||Milan, Teatro alla Canobbiana|
|Francesca di Foix||melodramma||1 act||Domenico Gilardoni, after a libretto by Jean-Nicolas Bouilly and Emmanuel Mercier-Dupaty for Henri Montan Berton's 3-act opéra-comique Françoise de Foix.||30 May 1831||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
| La romanziera e l'uomo nero |
(or La romanzesca e l'uomo nero)
|farsa||1 act||Domenico Gilardoni||18 June 1831||Naples, Teatro del Fondo (arias and ensembles survive but spoken dialogue is lost)|
|Fausta||melodramma||2 acts||Domenico Gilardoni and Donizetti||12 January 1832||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Ugo, conte di Parigi||tragedia lirica||4 acts||Felice Romani, after Hippolyte-Louis-Florent Bis: Blanche d'Aquitaine||13 March 1832||Milan, La Scala|
|L'elisir d'amore||melodramma giocoso||2 acts||Felice Romani, after Scribe's libretto for Auber's Le philtre||12 May 1832||Milan, Teatro alla Canobbiana|
|Sancia di Castiglia||tragedia lirica||2 acts||Pietro Salatino||4 November 1832||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Il furioso all'isola di San Domingo||melodramma||2 acts||Jacopo Ferretti, after an anonymous play on Cervantes' Don Quixote||2 January 1833||Rome, Teatro Valle|
|Otto mesi in due ore [rev]||opera romantica||3 acts||Antonio Alcozer after Domenico Gilardoni||1833||Livorno|
|Parisina||melodramma||3 acts||Felice Romani, after Byron||17 March 1833||Florence, Teatro della Pergola|
|Torquato Tasso||melodramma||3 acts||Jacopo Ferretti||9 September 1833||Rome, Teatro Valle|
|Lucrezia Borgia||melodramma||prologue & 2 acts||Felice Romani, after Victor Hugo||26 December 1833||Milan, La Scala|
|Il diluvio universale [rev]||azione tragico-sacra||3 acts||anonymous, after Domenico Gilardoni||17 January 1834||Genoa, Teatro Carlo Felice|
|Rosmonda d'Inghilterra||melodramma serio||2 acts||Felice Romani||27 February 1834||Florence, Teatro della Pergola|
|Maria Stuarda||tragedia lirica||2 acts (or 3)||Giuseppe Bardari, after Andrea Maffei's translation of Schiller||30 December 1835 (in 3 acts), completed August 1834||Milan, La Scala|
[rev of Maria Stuarda]
|tragedia lirica||2 acts||Pietro Salatino||18 October 1834||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Gemma di Vergy||tragedia lirica||2 acts||Giovanni Emanuele Bidera, after the play Charles VII by Dumas||26 December 1834||Milan, La Scala|
|Marino Faliero||tragedia lirica||3 acts||Giovanni Emanuele Bidera with revisions by Agostino Ruffini, after Casimir Delavigne's adaptation of Byron's play Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice||12 March 1835||Paris, Théâtre-Italien|
| Lucia di Lammermoor |
[see also Lucie de Lammermoor ]
|dramma tragico||3 acts||Salvadore Cammarano, after Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor||26 September 1835||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Belisario||tragedia lirica||3 acts||Salvadore Cammarano, after Eduard von Schenk as translated by Luigi Marchionni||4 February 1836||Venice, La Fenice|
|Il campanello di notte||melodramma giocoso||1 act||Donizetti, after the vaudeville La sonnette de nuit by Léon Levy Brunswick (Léon Lhérie), Mathieu-Barthélmy Troin, and Victor Lhérie||1 June 1836||Naples, Teatro Nuovo|
|Betly, o La capanna svizzera||dramma giocoso||1 act||Donizetti, after Scribe's and Mélesville's libretto for Adam's Le chalet||21 August 1836||Naples, Teatro Nuovo|
|L'assedio di Calais||dramma lirico||3 acts||Salvadore Cammarano, after Pierre de Belloy||19 November 1836||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Pia de' Tolomei||tragedia lirica||2 acts||Salvadore Cammarano, after Bartolomeo Sestini, and Dante's La commedia||18 February 1837||Venice, Teatro Apollo|
|Pia de' Tolomei [rev]||tragedia lirica||2 acts||Salvadore Cammarano, after Bartolomeo Sestini, and Dante's La commedia||31 July 1837||Sinigaglia|
|Betly [rev]||dramma giocoso||2 acts||Donizetti||29 September 1837||Naples, Teatro del Fondo|
|Roberto Devereux||tragedia lirica||3 acts||Salvadore Cammarano, after François Ancelot's tragedy Elisabeth d'Angleterre||28 October 1837||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Maria de Rudenz||dramma tragico||3 acts||Salvadore Cammarano, after the play La nonne sanglante by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois, Cuvelier and Maillan||30 January 1838||Venice, La Fenice|
|Gabriella di Vergy [rev]||tragedia lirica||2 acts||Andrea Leone Tottola, after Pierre de Belloy||August 1978 recording, composed 1838||London|
| Poliuto |
[see also Les Martyrs ]
|tragedia lirica||3 acts||Salvadore Cammarano, after Pierre Corneille||30 November 1848, completed July 1838||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Pia de' Tolomei [rev 2]||tragedia lirica||2 acts||anonymous revision of Cammarano's libretto||May 1838||Rome, Teatro Argentina|
|Lucie de Lammermoor|
[rev of Lucia di Lammermoor, in French]
|grand opéra||3 acts (or 4)||Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz, after the Italian libretto||6 August 1839||Paris, Théâtre de la Renaissance|
| Le duc d'Albe |
[see also Il duca d'Alba]
|grand opéra||4 acts||Charles Duveyrier and Eugène Scribe||incomplete, composed 1839|
| L'ange de Nisida |
[see also La favorite ]
|opera semiseria||4 parts||Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz||18 July 2018 Completed 27 December 1839||Covent Garden|
|Lucrezia Borgia [rev]||dramma per musica||prologue & 2 acts||Felice Romani, after Victor Hugo||11 January 1840||Milan, La Scala|
| Les Martyrs |
[rev of Poliuto, in French]
|grand opéra||4 acts||Eugène Scribe's revision and expansion of Cammarano's original libretto||10 April 1840||Paris Opera, Salle Le Peletier|
|La fille du régiment||opéra comique||2 acts||Jean-François-Alfred Bayard and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint Georges||11 February 1840||Paris, Opéra-Comique|
|Lucrezia Borgia [rev 2]||dramma per musica||prologue & 2 acts||Felice Romani, after Victor Hugo||31 October 1840||Paris, Théâtre-Italien|
| La favorite |
[rev of L'ange de Nisida]
|grand opéra||4 acts||Alphonse Royer, Gustave Vaëz and Eugène Scribe||2 December 1840||Paris Opera, Salle Le Peletier|
|Adelia||melodramma serio||3 acts||Felice Romani (Acts 1 & 2) and Girolamo Marini (Act 3), after an anonymous French play||11 February 1841||Rome, Teatro Apollo|
| Rita |
(Deux hommes et une femme)
|opéra comique||1 act||Gustave Vaëz||7 May 1860, completed 1841||Paris, Opéra-Comique|
|Maria Padilla||melodramma||3 acts||Gaetano Rossi and Donizetti, after François Ancelot||26 December 1841||Milan, La Scala|
|Linda di Chamounix||melodramma semiserio||3 acts||Gaetano Rossi||19 May 1842||Vienna, Kärntnertortheater|
|Linda di Chamounix [rev]||melodramma semiserio||3 acts||Gaetano Rossi||17 November 1842||Paris, Théâtre-Italien|
|Caterina Cornaro||tragedia lirica||2 acts||Giacomo Sacchèro, after Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges' libretto for Halévy's La reine de Chypre||18 January 1844||Naples, Teatro di San Carlo|
|Don Pasquale||dramma buffo||3 acts||Giovanni Ruffini and Donizetti, after Angelo Anelli's Ser Marcantonio; published with credit to "M.A."||3 January 1843||Paris, Théâtre-Italien|
|Maria di Rohan||melodramma tragico||3 acts||Salvadore Cammarano, after Lockroy (J. P. Simon) and Badon's Un duel sous le Cardinal de Richelieu||5 June 1843||Vienna, Kärntnertortheater|
|Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal||grand opéra||5 acts||Eugène Scribe, after the play by Paul Foucher||13 November 1843||Paris Opera, Salle Le Peletier|
|Dom Sebastian von Portugal|
[rev of Dom Sébastien]
|große Oper||5 acts||Leo Herz's translation of Scribe's libretto||6 February 1845||Vienna, Kärntnertortheater|
|Il duca d'Alba [completion by Matteo Salvi of original Le duc d'Albe]||opera||4 acts||Angelo Zanardini's revision of the original libretto by Duveyrier and Scribe||22 March 1882||Rome, Teatro Apollo|
Il campanello or Il campanello di notte is a melodramma giocoso, or opera, in one act by Gaetano Donizetti. The composer wrote the Italian libretto after Mathieu-Barthélemy Troin Brunswick and Victor Lhérie's French vaudeville La sonnette de nuit. The premiere took place on 1 June 1836 at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples and was "revived every year over the next decade".
Alahor in Granata is an opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti to an anonymous Italian libretto after Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian's text Gonzalve de Cordoue, ou Granade reconquise (1793). However, it seems that the original basis of the libretto goes back to one by Felice Romani written for Meyerbeer in 1821, which in turn can be traced back through another iteration to begin with the de Florian version.
Olivo e Pasquale is a melodramma giocoso, a romantic comedy opera, in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Jacopo Ferretti wrote the Italian libretto after Antonio Simeone Sografi's play.
Ugo, conte di Parigi is a tragedia lirica, or tragic opera, in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Felice Romani wrote the Italian libretto after Hippolyte-Louis-Florent Bis's Blanche d'Aquitaine. It premiered on 13 March 1832 at La Scala, Milan.
Emilia di Liverpool is a dramma semiserio, ("half-serious") dramatic opera, in two acts with music by Gaetano Donizetti. Giuseppe Checcherini wrote the Italian libretto after the anonymous libretto for Vittorio Trento's Emilia di Laverpaut, itself based on Stefano Scatizzi's play of the same name. It premiered on 28 July 1824 at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples.
Il diluvio universale is an azione tragico-sacra, or opera, by Gaetano Donizetti. The Italian libretto was written by Domenico Gilardoni after Lord Byron's Heaven and Earth and Francesco Ringhieri's tragedy Il diluvio (1788).
Zoraida di Granata is a melodramma eroico, in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti. The Italian libretto had been partly prepared Bartolomeo Merelli, based on the French play, Gonzalve de Cordoue ou Grenade Reconquise by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian (1791), and on a libretto by Luigi Romanelli to an opera by Nicolini called Abenamet e Zoraide.
Marino Faliero is a tragedia lirica, or tragic opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Giovanni Emanuele Bidera wrote the Italian libretto, with revisions by Agostino Ruffini, after Casimir Delavigne's play. It is inspired by Lord Byron's drama Marino Faliero (1820) and based on the life of Marino Faliero (c.1285-1355), the Venetian Doge.
Torquato Tasso is a melodramma semiserio, or 'semi-serious' opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti and based on the life of the great poet Torquato Tasso. The Italian libretto was written by Jacopo Ferretti, who used a number of sources for his text, including works by Giovanni Rosini, Goethe, Goldoni, and Lord Byron as well as Tasso's actual poetry. It premiered on 9 September 1833 at the Teatro Valle, Rome.
Il Pigmalione (Pygmalion) is a scena lirica in one act by Gaetano Donizetti. The librettist is unknown, but it is known that the libretto was based on one by Antonio Simeone Sografi for Giovanni Battista Cimador's Pimmalione (1790), in turn based on Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Pygmalion and ultimately based on Book X of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Sografi's libretto was also used for an opera by Bonifacio Asioli (1796).
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.
Gianni di Calais is a melodramma semiserio, a "semi-serious" opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti (1828), from a libretto by Domenico Gilardoni, based on Jean de Paris by Louis-Charles Caigniez.
Alfredo il grande is a melodramma serio or serious opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Andrea Leone Tottola wrote the Italian libretto, which may have been derived from Johann Simon Mayr's 1818 opera of the same name. The opera tells the story of the Anglo-Saxon king Alfred the Great.
Giovanni Ruffini was an Italian writer and patriot of the early 19th century. He is chiefly known for having written the draft of the libretto of the opera Don Pasquale for its composer Gaetano Donizetti.
Sancia di Castiglia is an Italian opera seria in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti to a libretto by Pietro Salatino. It was first performed at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, on 4 November 1832 conducted by Nicola Festa.
Adelia, o La figlia dell'arciere is an opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. The Italian libretto was written partly by Felice Romani and by Girolamo Maria Marini, 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.
Il giovedì grasso is a farsa in one act by Gaetano Donizetti, from a libretto by Domenico Gilardoni. The literal translation of the title is "Fat Thursday", a reference to Carnival celebration. The libretto was adapted from the French comedies Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Molière and Le nouveau Pourceaugnac by Charles-Gaspard Delestre-Poirson and Eugène Scribe. The opera uses spoken dialogue rather than recitatives, and the buffo role is given in the Neapolitan language. The work premiered at the Teatro del Fondo in Naples on 26 February 1829.
Una follia is a farsa in one act by composer Gaetano Donizetti. The work premiered on 15 December 1818 at the Teatro San Luca in Venice. The opera uses the same Italian-language libretto by Bartolomeo Merelli after August von Kotzebue's Der Graf von Burgund that Donizetti used for his Enrico di Borgogna a month earlier, but with different music. It was given one performance and "never performed again, and its score has never been found."
La lettera anonima is a farce in one act composed by Gaetano Donizetti in 1822 to a libretto by Giulio Genoino, a former monk and the official censor of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Genoino based his libretto on his own farce which, in turn, had been based on Mélite, ou Les fausses lettres by Pierre Corneille in 1630.
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Amanda Juliet Holden is a British musician, librettist and translator.
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