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  • Richard Osborne

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Melodramma eroico in two acts by Gioachino Rossini to a libretto by Gaetano Rossi after Voltaire’s Tancrède; Venice, Teatro La Fenice, 6 February 1813.

The work exists in two distinct editions. For the Venice prima, Rossini and his librettist engineered a happy ending to the drama; but the following month, for a revival in Ferrara, Rossini worked with the poet and scholar Luigi Lechi to restore the tragic ending of Voltaire’s original play....

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