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Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Die (‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’)locked

  • Clive Brown

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Komische-fantastische Oper in three acts by Otto Nicolai to a libretto by Ritter von Mosenthal, Salomon Hermann after William Shakespeare; Berlin, Königliches Opernhaus, 9 March 1849.

In 1841, having written four Italian operas with mixed success, Nicolai took up the post of Kapellmeister at the Vienna Hofoper, where he was expected to compose German opera. He seems to have searched continuously for a suitable libretto for a German opera, but was unable to find a subject that satisfied him. In the meantime he revised two of his Italian operas, ...

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