2159 - Operatic Confusion: Same Story, Different Composer
The Cinderella story was set in 1817 by Rossini as “La Cenerentola” and in 1899 by Massenet as “Cendrillon”; Beaumarchais's play “The Barber of Seville” was turned into operas entitled “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in 1782 by Paisiello and in 1816 by Rossini; the “Romeo and Juliet” story was adapted in 1830 by Bellini as “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” and in 1867 by Gounod as “Roméo et Juliette.” Puccini's “La Bohème” premiered in 1896, followed a year later by his friend Leoncavallo's opera of the same name; in 1917 Busoni's adaptation of Gozzi's play “Turandot” opened, and nine years later Puccini's unfinished setting of the same play was premiered by Arturo Toscanini. We'll compare these competing versions through the reading of the instructor's essays and the viewing of videos, along with in-class discussions. Lecture (plus questions). Facilitated Discussion. Viewing Videos.
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