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Giulietta e Romeo(iii) (‘Giulietta and Romeo’)locked

  • Renato Chiesa

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Tragedy in three acts by Riccardo Zandonai to a libretto by Arturo Rossato after novellas by Luigi da Porto and Matteo Bandello; Rome, Teatro Costanzi, 14 February 1922.

The libretto is not based on Shakespeare’s play but directly on two of its sources. The first act, which sets the scene, gives special prominence to Tebaldo (baritone) as well as the two lovers (soprano and tenor). Act 2, in the Capulet house, is at first dominated by the women, but in the final section Tebaldo is killed in a duel by Romeo. The first scene of Act 3 is set in Mantua, where Romeo learns of Giulietta’s supposed death, and in the second the tragic ending takes place in the chapel of the Capulet house (in this version the lovers die simultaneously)....

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