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Verdi: Un Giorno di Regno / Mikheil Kiria, Simone Alberti, Alic Quintavalla, Angela Nisi, Marco Frusoni, Dario Ciotoli. Roma Sinfonietta

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un giorno di regno (Il finto Stanislao)
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Notes & Reviews:

Verdi’s early production includes an opera, Un giorno di regno, that had a particularly unlucky fate. After the success of his first opera, Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio, Verdi was given by the impresario Bartolomeo Merelli the task of composing a comic opera for the Teatro alla Scala; but this work coincided with the death of his wife, which took place shortly after the death of his two sons. The levity of the subject-matter of this opera was inevitably incompatible with Verdi’s grief. His opera was a complete fiasco at the premiere of 5 September 1840, in Milan, and was withdrawn that very evening. The newspapers were particularly cruel with the composer, so much so that almost twenty years later Verdi, in a letter to his publisher Tito Ricordi, wrote that they had mistreated “the work of a poor young man who was ill, rushed, and devastated by a horrible calamity”. In the same letter, Verdi added that, even supposing that Un giorno di regno was a bad opera, many others “that were no better than it have been tolerated and maybe even applauded”. Five years after its first night, after Verdi had met with a real triumph with Nabucco, Un giorno di regno was quite successful in Venice at the Teatro San Benedetto. As a matter of fact, to present-day listeners, this opera is far from being as disastrous as it has been considered for many years.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teatro Flavio Vespasiano, Rieti (11/2013).


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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un giorno di regno (Il finto Stanislao)
  • Performers: Simone Alberti; Riccardo Certi; Dario Ciototi; Maurizio Frusoni (Tenor); Mikheil Kiria; Marco Miglietta; Angela Nisi; Diego Procoli (Fortepiano); Alice Quintavalla (Voice); Roberto Virgili
  • Conductor: Gabriele Bonolis
  • Ensemble: Roma Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 92 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840