Battaglia di Legnano, La (‘The Battle of Legnano’)
- Roger Parker
Tragedia lirica in four acts by giuseppe Verdi to a libretto by salvadore Cammarano after Joseph Méry’s play La bataille de Toulouse; Rome, Teatro Argentina, 27 January 1849.
The revolutions that swept through Italy and much of the rest of Europe in 1848 – and in particular Milan’s ‘cinque giornate’, when the Milanese forced the Austrian soldiers from their city – inspired Verdi to attempt an opera in which the theme of patriotism would be overt. Together with his librettist Cammarano, he eventually decided to compose an opera set in 12th-century Italy, the epoch of the Lombard league, adapting for the purpose a recent French drama. Work on ...