Other Hugo-based operas

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Other Hugo-based operas

Postby silverwhistle » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:13 pm

Besides Ernani, Verdi did at least one other Hugo opera: Rigoletto. The libretto is Le roi s'amuse, with an Italianised setting: Triboulet becomes Rigoletto, François I becomes the Duke of Mantua, and Blanche becomes Gilda.

Amilcare Ponchielli's La Gioconda is based on Angelo, tyran de Padoue, but changes the setting and quite a lot about the characters. There's also a Russian operatic version by César Cui, called Angelo, and Saverio Mercadante’s Il Giuramento.
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Re: Other Hugo-based operas

Postby silverwhistle » Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:41 pm

I'm currently taping the live production of Rigoletto from Mantua (with Domingo as Rigoletto, aka Triboulet), if anyone's interested. It's on BBC2 tonight and tomorrow.
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Re: Other Hugo-based operas

Postby Trompe-la-Mort » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:10 am

A bit late, but I'd be very interested in that recording.
Also, I read that Puccini had plans to make a Les misérables opera. A pity he didn't do it!
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Re: Other Hugo-based operas

Postby between4walls » Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:14 am

There was a 1989 opera of Quatrevingt-treize, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. Details here.

There was also a 1936 opera of the same work, info here.
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