I masnadieri (The Bandits) is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Andrea Maffei, based on Die Räuber by Friedrich von Schiller. I Masnadieri was first performed in at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London on July 22, The libretto is an adaptation of Schiller’s Die Räuber. I Masnadieri. Music by Giuseppe Verdi libretto by Andrea Maffei, based on Die Räuber by Friedrich Schiller Tragic opera in four acts. Première London, Her.

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Tutto Verdi – I Masnadieri

Massimiliano Moor, a sick old man, falls as if dead. As Gabriele Baldini in The Story of Giuseppe Verdi examines this opera, the quality mxsnadieri the libretto preoccupies him over several pages, as much for the unsuitability of Maffei as a librettist as his lack of skill in crafting Schiller’s story into an acceptable libretto.

After considerable persuasion Verdi agreed to conduct the premiere on 22 July and also conducted the second performance and after Verdi’s departure, it was given two more times before the libetto of the season.

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Share this article If you like this article, spread the word! Musicologist Julian Buddenwho describes Maffei’s libretto as “indigestible”, [10] agrees with this assessment when he states that, along with Salvadore Cammaranothe librettist employed by the composer for the first time in to write Alzirathere was “an exaggerated regard on Verdi’s part for the librettist” and he continues: Verdi continued his journey, crossing the Channel on 5 June.


Carlo Moor, son of Count Massimiliano, is a young man of noble sentiments, although his impetuous temperament has caused him to lead a wild life. Carlo’s final act in this world was to inscribe a message, using his own blood, on the blade of his sword, that Amalia and Francesco should marry. Amalia, having escaped into the forest, suddenly finds herself face to face with Carlo, who has returned because of his nostalgia for her and for his ancestral home.

He is awaiting the reply to a letter he has sent to his father begging for forgiveness for his recent misdemeanors.

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Music composed by Giuseppe Verdi. Carlo renounces his former life and swears an oath to remain with his new comrades for mssnadieri rest of his days. O sweet words” before he is disturbed by the arrival of Francesco and forced to flee the scene. HamletMoscow Hamlet: Music composed by Ambroise Thomas.

Views Read Edit View history. This pleases Carlo who intends to change his ways. Be the first to add this to a list. Its author, Andrea Maffei, was a distinguished poet, but an amateur librettist. Massimiliano expresses his horror and despair, but Amalia declares that despite everything she still loves Carlo and wants to stay with him.


He just has time to reveal that both Carlo and the old Count are still alive provoking Amalia’s cabaletta Carlo vive? Although Carlo has sworn to change his ways, he has also given his oath of lifelong allegiance to his band of robbers. Arminio describes how he fought alongside Carlo for King Frederick in a battle for the city maasnadieri Pragueand how he saw him mortally wounded.

Apart from this being somewhat standard practice, another reason is noted by Gabiele Baldini in The Story of Giuseppe Verdi: La Esmeralda La Esmeralda: For example, he notes that “the arbiters of taste in London still found Verdi’s music disagreeably violent and in making the tenor the focus of dramatic interest he failed to exploit popularity enjoyed in the city by Jenny Lind”, [22] but he goes on to state that “Verdi fashion[ed] his music as much libreto match the talents of his performers as the requirements of his dramatic theme.

Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition. Amsnadieri Scala in Milan presented the opera in under Riccardo Chailly. It would of masnnadieri nice if you would have referenced which fine art printers you were unhappy with. The opera later appeared in Italy and a few other European houses and then joined Alzira in deserved obscurity.

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This performance was no different. Zaira Zaira, Tragedia lirica in two acts. Eventually, all was worked out.

Neil Kurtzman Comments and reviews of opera, music, and medicine. Dramma lirico in four parts. Unfortunately, Verdi’s health deteriorated and the premiere of the new work had to be postponed until The National Library may be able to supply you with a photocopy or electronic copy of all or part of this item, for a fee, depending on copyright restrictions.


Referring to some of the conflicting elements of the libretto referred to above, Baldini quotes from Basevi’s comment on the unsuitability of the music to the harshness of the text:. He was at the height of his multi year bout of advanced hypochondriasis which likely explains his more than usual grouchiness.

None of your libraries hold this item. While never entirely successful elsewhere, perhaps at least in part for the inconsistencies and excesses of its libretto, following its premiere performances, stagings in Italy were quite numerous untilwith performances having been given in about 17 Italian cities, including three in Milan two of which were at La Scala between and Thus, this opera became the highlight of her first season in England.