Broadside for a performance of Lucrezia Borgia at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice on February 17, 1845. Gaetano DONIZETTI.

Broadside for a performance of Lucrezia Borgia at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice on February 17, 1845.

Venice: Molinari.

360 x 410 mm. On laid paper within decorative typeset border.

Named cast includes Marianna Barbieri-Nini as Lucrezia Borgia, Sebastiano Ronconi as Duke Alfonso, Castellan Andrea as Gennaro, and Costa Maria as Maffio Orsini. Also featuring a performance of Il conte pini (1827), a ballet by Paolo Samengo (1797-1863) with dancers Natalia Fitz-James, Domenico Mattis, and Rachele Pancrazio Jorio.

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

Slightly worn; frayed at edges with some paper loss to blank margins, just touching upper portion of decorative border; creased at folds.

Lucrezia Borgia, to a libretto by Felice Romani after Victor Hugo’s play Lucrèce Borgia, premiered in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on December 26, 1833. Despite an uneven reception, it became one of Donizetti's most successful operas, particularly after the second production of the work in 1840.

Italian soprano Marianna Barbieri-Nini (1818-1887) achieved her first success as Lucrezia Borgia in Florence. She went on to create three roles for Verdi including Lucrezia in I due Foscari (1844), Lady Macbeth (1847), and Gulnara in Il corsaro (1848).

"Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top... In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.

Item #31517

Price: $225.00  other currencies

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