The Creators of Aìda

Posted by Utah Opera in Aida, Online Learning, Productions

GIUSEPPE VERDI As the composer, Verdi gets his own “Chapter,” and another one which lists all his operas and where and when they were first produced. ANTONIO GHISLANZONI Born in Lombardy in 1824, Ghislanzoni’s parents intended him for the priesthood, and sent him to a…

Aìda –  For the reader

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Budden, Julian                                  Budden’s 3-volume study of the operas of Verdi is definitive.     His discussion of Aïda, sometimes a bit technical for the non-musician, is in the third volume. Busch, Hans                                        Verdi’s Aïda: The History of an Opera in Letters and Documents is a collection of…

Making it Real

Posted by Opera Gal in Productions, Tosca

Like many opera composers in the late 19th century, Giacomo Puccini aimed for a greater ‘truth in theatre’ than had existed in operas of the past century. The established bel canto opera tradition of the time included all kinds of conventions that resulted in operas focused more on the technical abilities of…