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Abramo Basevi and Stefano Castelvecchi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226094915

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.001.0001

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La Battaglia Di Legnano

La Battaglia Di Legnano

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The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Abramo Basevi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes Verdi's political opera La battaglia di Legnano, performed in Rome in January 1849. Cammarano, who wrote the libretto, made clever use of the Italians' most splendid military feat. Yet this subject did not engage him enough to stop him from abandoning it frequently in favor of an episode of love and jealousy that was remote from the central plot. The opera was well received in Rome, but was less successful elsewhere.

Keywords:   Verdi, political opera, Italian composers, Cammarano, libretto

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