Il campanello synopsis 1836

Il campanello synopsis 1836

Operan kom till på bara en vecka för att rädda en impressario från ekonomisk ruin. Den uruppfördes den 1 juni 1836 på Teatro Nuovo i Neapel. Den blev en stor succé och uppförs fortfarande då och då.

Il campanello synopsis 1836

Apotekaren don Annibale Pistacchio har gift sig med den unga vackra Serafina till stor förtrytelse för Enrico, som själv hade gjort sig förhoppningar. För att hindra brudgummen från att njuta bröllopsnatten kommer han i otaliga förklädnader, ringer på nattklockan och beställer komplicerad medicin, tills don Annibale klockan fem på morgonen blir tvungen att resa till ett viktigt möte i Rom.

In English

Il campanello or Il campanello di notte (The Night Bell) is a melodramma giocoso, or opera, in one act by Gaetano Donizetti. The composer wrote the Italian libretto after Mathieu-Barthélemy Troin Brunswick and Victor Lhérie’s French vaudeville La sonnette de nuit. The premiere took place on 1 June 1836 at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples and was ”revived every year over the next decade”.

Performance history

The opera was presented in Italian at the Lyceum Theatre in London on 6 June 1836 and in English on 9 March 1841. It was also given in English in 1870. It was first performed in Italian in the US in Philadelphia on 25 October 1861; this production went on to New York three days later. An English translation was seen in that city on 7 May 1917.

While today it is very rarely presented, it was given in an English translation by the Santa Fe Opera in 2007 as part of a pre-season ”One Hour Opera” series presented in town.

Roles

Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 1 June 1836
(Conductor: – )
Serafina, a young bride soprano Amalia Schütz
Don Annibale Pistacchio, an apothecary, her husband bass Raffaele Casaccia
Spiridione, Don Annibale’s servant tenor Domenico Ronconi
Madama Rosa, Serafina’s aunt mezzo-soprano
Enrico, Serafina’s cousin baritone Giorgio Ronconi

Synopsis

Time: Early 19th century
Place: Naples

Don Annibale Pistacchio, an old doctor, has just married the young Serafina. Enrico, Serafina’s former lover, constantly interrupts the wedding night by ringing the night bell. He appears in several disguises and asks the unfortunate groom to fill a list of preposterous prescriptions.

Recordings

Year Cast:
Serafina, Enrico,
Don Annibale, Madame Rosa
Conductor,
Opera House and Orchestra
Label
1983 Agnes Baltsa,
Angelo Romero,
Enzo Dara,
Biancamaria Casoni
Gary Bertini,
Orchestra of the Wiener Symphoniker and the Wiener Staatsoper Chorus
Audio CD: CBS,
MK 38450
1995 Anna Rita Taliento,
Leo Nucci,
Enzo Dara,
Cinzia De Mola
Fabrizio Maria Carminati,
Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio di Torino,
(Recorded at performances in the Teatro Regio, Turin, May)
Audio CD: BMG Ricordi,
Cat: 74321 35613-2,
Ricordi,
Cat: RFCD 2024.1
1996 Madeline Bender,
Shon Sims,
Samuel Hepler,
Barbara Kokolus
Christopher Larkin,
Orchestra and Chorus of the Manhattan School of Music,
(Recording of a performance at the Manhattan School of Music, April)
Audio CD: Newport Classic,
Cat: NPD 85608

UPPHOVSPERSONER

Musik: Gaetano Donizetti|Text: Donizetti efter Léon Lévy Brunswicks vaudeville La sonnette de nuit

Premiär

Uruppförande: Neapel, Teatro Nuovo 1 juni 1836. Svensk premiär: Stockholm, Musikdramatiska skolan 14 maj 1976.
Roller och röster

Roll Rösttyp
Don Annibale Pistacchio bas
Enrico baryton
Serafina sopran
Mamma Rosa sopran
Spiridione tenor
mezzossopran

Libretto

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