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‘Descent of Rhythm and Harmony’, the sixth intermedio in the performance of Bargagli’s comedy ‘La pellegrina’, Florence, 1589: engraving by F. Succhielli after the design by Bernardo Buontalenti, 1592

‘Descent of Rhythm and Harmony’, the sixth intermedio in the performance of Bargagli’s comedy ‘La pellegrina’, Florence, 1589: engraving by F. Succhielli after the design by Bernardo Buontalenti, 1592

Raccolta delle Stampe Achille Bertarelli, Milan

Act 2 scene x of Sarti’s ‘Giulio Sabino’: engraving from the printed full score (Vienna, c1781)

Act 2 scene x of Sarti’s ‘Giulio Sabino’: engraving from the printed full score (Vienna, c1781)

Raccolta delle Stampe Achille Bertarelli, Milan

Opening scene of Act 3 of Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’, Covent Garden, London, 1853, including (from left to right) Giorgio Ronconi (Rigoletto), Angiolina Bosio (Gilda), Constance Nantier-Didée (Maddalena) and Giovanni Mario (Duke of Mantua): lithograph from a con

Opening scene of Act 3 of Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’, Covent Garden, London, 1853, including (from left to right) Giorgio Ronconi (Rigoletto), Angiolina Bosio (Gilda), Constance Nantier-Didée (Maddalena) and Giovanni Mario (Duke of Mantua): lithograph from a contemporary sheet-music cover

Elizabeth Forbes

Scenes from the original production of Delibes’ ‘Lakmé’, Opéra-Comique (Salle Favart), Paris, 14 April 1883: engraving by Fortuné-Louis Méaulle after Defendi Semeghini from ‘L’illustration’ (28 April 1883)

Scenes from the original production of Delibes’ ‘Lakmé’, Opéra-Comique (Salle Favart), Paris, 14 April 1883: engraving by Fortuné-Louis Méaulle after Defendi Semeghini from ‘L’illustration’ (28 April 1883)

Mary Evans Picture Library, London

Electric battens and wing lights at the Paris Opéra (Salle Garnier) with (inset) the gas fittings they replaced: engraving from ‘L’illustration’ (18 June 1887)

Electric battens and wing lights at the Paris Opéra (Salle Garnier) with (inset) the gas fittings they replaced: engraving from ‘L’illustration’ (18 June 1887)

Mary Evans Picture Library, London

Scene from Act 1 of Patrice Chéreau’s production of ‘Siegfried’, Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, 1980 revival of the 1976 staging, designed by Richard Peduzzi

Scene from Act 1 of Patrice Chéreau’s production of ‘Siegfried’, Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, 1980 revival of the 1976 staging, designed by Richard Peduzzi

photo Siegfried Lauterwasser

Act 3 scene i of Sigmund Theophil Staden’s ‘Seelewig’: woodcut from G.P. Harsdörffer’s ‘Frawenzimmer Gesprächspiele’, iv (Nuremberg, 1644)

Act 3 scene i of Sigmund Theophil Staden’s ‘Seelewig’: woodcut from G.P. Harsdörffer’s ‘Frawenzimmer Gesprächspiele’, iv (Nuremberg, 1644)

Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg

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