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date: 22 October 2019

Beatrice di Tendalocked

  • Simon Maguire,
  • Elizabeth Forbes
  •  and Julian Budden

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Tragedia lirica in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini to a libretto by Felice Romani after Carlo Tedaldi-Fores’s play Beatrice di Tenda; Venice, Teatro La Fenice, 16 March 1833.

By 24 May 1832 Bellini had agreed to write another opera for La Fenice, for which he had composed I Capuleti e i Montecchi in 1830. The new work would be expressly written for Giuditta Pasta; Romani had chosen the subject of Cristina di Svezia (after Dumas), but in October Bellini, for the first time in their collaboration, forced a new subject on Romani, Beatrice di Tenda, prompted by Pasta’s enthusiasm for Monticini’s ballet which she had recently seen in Milan. He hoped that Romani would play down the similarities to his libretto for Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and would draw instead on Schiller’s Maria Stuart for the ending.

Bellini reached Venice on 8 December 1832 in order to stage Norma with Pasta, but Romani was simultaneously at work on five other librettos and did not arrive until ...

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