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date: 12 August 2020

Sigismondolocked

  • Richard Osborne

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Dramma in two acts by Gioachino Rossini to a libretto by Giuseppe Maria Foppa; Venice, Teatro La Fenice, 26 December 1814.

A failure with the public at the time, and arguably Rossini’s most unrevivable serious opera, Sigismondo concerns the destructive advice given by a minister Ladislao (tenor) to Sigismondo, King of Poland (contralto), regarding his wife, Aldimira (soprano), daughter of the King of Hungary. Chance encounters, military defeat and private remorse all help bring Sigismondo to his senses; and his queen is eventually restored to her rightful throne. Rossini later used music from ...

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