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Baccanti, Le (‘The Bacchanals’)locked

  • John C.G. Waterhouse

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Opera in a prologue and three acts by Giorgio Federico Ghedini to a libretto by Tullio Pinelli after Euripides ’ tragedy The Bacchae; Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 22 February 1948.

Composed in 1941–4 during his most richly creative period, Le baccanti is much the most impressive of Ghedini’s operas. Pinelli’s libretto remains true to the outline of Euripides’ tragedy, with a prominent part assigned to the chorus and a simple, boldly sculpted action. The total effect is stylized and oratorio-like: the musical influence of ...

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