By Henry W. Simon
A useful advisor for either informal opera enthusiasts and afficionados, this quantity comprises act-by-act descriptions of operatic works starting from the early 17th century masterworks of Monteverdi and Purcell to the fashionable classics of Menotti and Britten. Written in a full of life anecdotal variety, entries comprise personality descriptions, ancient historical past, and masses extra.
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He was a modest gentleman whom everyone liked as a human being and respected as a musical poet of unimpeachable integrity. ACT I Forty years before the action begins, Archibaldo had invaded Italy from the north and made himself King of Altura. As part of the peace pact, he had insisted that the beautiful Fiora, affianced to the local Prince Avito of Altura, should become the bride of his own son, Manfredo. So it was done; and now Archibaldo, a blind old man, continues to live in the royal castle, suspicious of his daughter-in-law, and, despite his handicap, keenly sensitive in every other sense and nerve to what goes on about him.
This messenger turns out to be Vasco himself with precisely the warning that Nelusko had feared. Furthermore, he warns Don Pedro, once the vessel has been beached, a horde of savages is waiting to complete the disaster for the Portuguese. Pedro, however, suspects that Vasco’s motives may have something to do with the presence of Inez aboard the ship; and when Vasco admits it, he is ordered to be bound to a mast at once and shot. Inez and Selika, hearing the noise above, rush from their cabins and beg for the life of the man they love, Selika even threatening Pedro with a dagger.
S. THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) Opera in three acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with libretto in German by Gottlob Stephanie based on a play by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner KONSTANZE, a Spanish lady Soprano BLONDCHEN, her English maid Soprano BELMONTE, a Spanish nobleman Tenor PEDRILLO, his servant Tenor SELIM PASHA Speaking part OSMIN, overseer of his harem Bass Time: 16th century Place: Turkey First performance at Vienna, July 16, 1782 Mozart composed The Abduction from the Seraglio at one of the happiest times in his short life.