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date: 21 October 2019

Pirata, Il (‘The Pirate’)locked

  • Simon Maguire
  •  and Elizabeth Forbes

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(‘The Pirate’)

Melodramma in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini to a libretto by Felice Romani after Isidore J. S. Taylor’s play Bertram, ou Le pirate, a version of Charles Maturin’s Bertram; Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 27 October 1827.

Bellini had lived in Sicily and Naples until arriving in Milan on 12 April 1827, invited by Barbaia to write for La Scala. Il pirata was only his second professional production, and his first collaboration with Romani. Bellini took over six months writing the opera, in order to impress the audience at La Scala. With an excellent cast that included Giovanni Battista Rubini as Gualtiero, Henriette Méric-Lalande as Imogene and Antonio Tamburini as Ernesto, the opera was well received and Bellini was hailed as an exciting new voice. When Rubini and his wife, Adelaide Comelli-Rubini, sang in the opera at the S Carlo, Naples, in 1828, the tenor was probably responsible for major adjustments made to the ending (for illustration ...

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