Masnadieri, I (‘The Bandits’)
- Roger Parker
Melodramma in four parts by giuseppe Verdi to a libretto by Andrea Maffei after friedrich von Schiller ’s play Die Räuber; London, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 22 July 1847.
The lucrative contract to compose an opera for Her Majesty’s Theatre in London was an important sign of Verdi’s burgeoning international reputation, and the occasion allowed him to write for some of the most famous singers of the age. More than that, the librettist was his friend Andrea Maffei, a distinguished man of letters with a reputation far above that of Piave or Solera, who had supplied most of Verdi’s earlier librettos. However, all this notwithstanding, ...