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Il Demonio
'Il Demonio' or 'The Demon,' a lyric play in three acts, with music by Anton Rubinstein and text by Wiskowatov, after the Russian of Lermantoff, was produced in St. Petersburg, Jan. 25, 1875.
Carmen
'Carmen,' an opera in four acts with music by Georges Bizet and text by Meilhac and Halévy, was first produced at the Opéra Comique, Paris, March 3, 1875. It follows the story of Prosper Merimée, bearing the same title.
The Queen Of Sheba
'The Queen of Sheba,' a grand opera in four acts, was first presented in Vienna, March 10, 1875. Its text is by Mosenthal, and its music by Karl Goldmark.
The Golden Cross
'The Golden Cross,' an opera in two acts with music by Ignaz Brüll and text by H. S. Mosenthal, after the French comedy 'La Croix d'Or,' by Brazier and Melville, was first produced in Berlin, Dec. 22, 1875.
Fatinitza
opera Fatinitza, a comic opera in three acts with music by Franz von Suppé and text by Zell and Genée, was first produced in Vienna, Jan. 5, 1876. The opera opens in a Russian camp on the lower Danube. Vladimir, a Circassian cavalry lieutenant, is wakened from his dream of Lydia, a girl whom he has met but whose surname he does not know, and is ordered to act as the officer of the day.
La Gioconda
'La Gioconda' is a grand opera in four acts, the words by Arrigo Boito and the music by Amilcare Ponchielli. It is an adaption of Victor Hugo's drama, 'Angelo,' and was first presented at La Scala, Milan, April 8, 1876.
Der Ring Des Nibelungen
'Der Ring des Nibelungen' or 'The Ring of the Nibelung' is the vastest achievement in the history of opera. The composition of this mighty work covered a long period of time, a period which included the years of Richard Wagner's prime.
Das Rheingold
The action of 'Das Rheingold' or 'The Rhinegold' begins in the depths of the Rhine, the scene showing the rock caverns of the river and the entire stage seeming to be filled with water.
Die Walkure
With 'Die Walküre' or 'The Valkyrie' the human interest of the cycle begins. As a spectacle, the drama is picturesque and splendid. The music is a wonderful fabric of guiding themes, so expressive that the auditor familiar with them could follow the complete development of the story, without reference to the libretto.
Siegfried
opera 'Siegfried' has been called the scherzo of the great Nibelungen symphony. To the tragedy and defeat of 'The Valkyrie,' with its thunder and war-cry and rushing flame, succeed peace and serenity with the young laughter of the innocent boy and the singing of the forest birds. It is a veritable paean of youth and love and courage.
Gotterdammerung
opera The awakening of Brunnhilde marks the commencement of 'Götterdämmerung' or 'The Dusk of the Gods,' for from that moment the dusk of the gods begins to lower. All the threads of the great mythical fabric now are brought together to form a sublime and transcendent conclusion. There is no depressing anti-climax, for the greatest single act in all opera is the last of the trilogy.
The Bells Of Corneville
'The Bells of Corneville,' frequently called 'The Chimes of Normandy,' is a comic opera in three acts, with text by Clairville and Gabet and music by Robert Planquette. It was first produced at the Folies Dramatiques, Paris, April 19, 1877.
Eugen Onegin
'Eugen Onégin,' a grand opera in three acts, the text by M. Kashkin, after Pushkin's novel, and the music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikowsky, was first produced in St. Petersburg in May, 1877.
Nanon
'Nanon' is a comic opera in three acts, the music by Richard Genée and the text by F. Zell. It was first produced in Vienna in 1877.
The Sorcerer
'The Sorcerer' a comic opera in two acts, by W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, was produced at the Opéra Comique, London, Nov. 18, 1877.
Samson And Delilah
'Samson and Delilah,' an opera in three acts, with music by C. Saint-Saëns, and text by Ferdinand Lemaire, was produced at the Court Theatre, Weimar, Dec. 2, 1877. It is founded on the Biblical narrative.
Pinafore
'Her Majesty's Ship, Pinafore,' or, 'The Lass that Loved a Sailor,' 'an entirely original, nautical comic opera,' written by W. S. Gilbert and composed by Sir Arthur Sullivan, was first presented May 28, 1878, at the Opéra Comique, London, and ran for seven hundred nights with an enthusiasm probably never before equaled.
Boccaccio
opera 'Boccaccio, or the Prince of Palmero,' a comic opera in three acts with music by Franz von Suppé and text by Zell and Genée, was first produced at the Carl Theatre, Vienna, Feb. 1, 1879.
Nero
'Nero,' an opera in four acts with music by Anton Rubinstein and text by Jules Barbier, was produced in Hamburg in 1879.
The Pirates Of Penzance
'The Pirates of Penzance' or 'The Slave of Duty,' a comic opera in two acts with text by W. S. Gilbert and music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, was first produced in New York Dec. 31, 1879, under the personal direction of both Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Gilbert, some of the music being finished after their arrival in this country.
Billee Taylor
'Billee Taylor' or 'The Reward of Virtue,' a comic opera in two acts with text by Stephens and music by Edward Solomon, was first presented in London in 1880.
The Mascot
'The Mascot,' a comic opera in three acts with music by Edmund Audran and words by Chivat and Duru, was first produced in Paris in 1880.
The Queen's Lace Handkerchief
'The Queen's Lace Handkerchief,' a comic opera in three acts, with text by Genée and Bohrmann-Riegen and music by Johann Strauss, was first produced in Vienna Oct. 2, 1880.
Olivette
'Olivette,' a comic opera in three acts, with music by Edmund Audran and libretto by Chivat and Duru with an English adaptation by H. B. Farnie, was first presented in Paris in 1879.
Les Contes D'Hoffmann
'Les Contes d'Hoffmann,' or 'The Stories of Hoffmann,' a fantastic opera, in three acts and a prologue and epilogue, with text by Jules Barbier and music by Jacques Offenbach, was first performed at Offenbach's residence in Paris, May 18, 1879, and was formally produced Feb. 10, 1881.
Patience
'Patience,' or 'Bunthorne's Bride,' a comic opera in two acts with music by Sir Arthur Sullivan and text by W. S. Gilbert, was produced at the Opéra Cornique, London, Aug. 23, 1881.
The Merry War
'The Merry War' a comic opera in three acts with text by Zell and Genée and music by Johann Strauss was first produced in Vienna, Nov. 25, 1881.
Herodiade
opera 'Herodiade,' an opera in four acts and seven tableaux, with words by Paul Milliet and Henri Grémont and music by Jules Massenet, was produced at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, Dec. 19, 1881.
The Beggar Student
'The Beggar Student,' a comic opera in three acts with music by Carl Millöcker and text by Zell and Genée, was first produced in Vienna in 1882.
Parsifal
'Parsifal,' a sacred festival drama with words and music by Richard Wagner, was produced at Bayreuth, July 26, 1882, all but the instrumentation having been completed three years previously. It is the last of the great composer's works and was first witnessed by him only seven months before his death.
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