Angelo Zanardini News
- Kingdom of Italy
- composer, librettist, politician, translator
[…] season, followed by a healthy showing across Europe and the world in subsequent decades before falling out of favor. Though it has never appeared at the Met, occasional revivals include a mid-90s San Francisco effort starring Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming and Dolora Zajick which produced a live recording. The French libretto by Paul Milliet and Henri Grémont (who would later reteam to more lasting effect with Werther) was crafted from an Italian libretto by Angelo Zanardini, originally based on Flaubert’s novella “Hérodias.” The similarities between the final product and Flaubert’s dreamy flight of biblical impressionism are mostly superficial, the librettists having taken to the source material with all the fidelity of modern-day Hollywood writers charged with punching up a property. Instead of the strange, brutal ancients hinted at by Flaubert and memorably dramatized by Wilde and Strauss in later years, we get juicy drama and a tidy collection of familiar […]
[…] five to four acts and in a revised libretto in Italian he gave it what he felt was its definitive form. It was his fourth opera on a Schiller drama. Some facts: original libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle; translation of the five-act version into Italian by Achille de Lauzières, later adapted by Angelo Zanardini for the four-acter. The opera was modified no less than eight times (!) before Verdi arrived to what he felt was the best formula for success of this very complex opera. Basic dates: March 1867, Paris Opera; January 1884, Milan La Scala. Friedrich Schiller´s "Don Carlos, Spain´s Infante" dates from 1787 and is typical of the playright´s libertarian ideas. As in other historical plays of his, he looks […]
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