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The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi$
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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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(p.236) (p.237) 20 Aroldo
The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Abramo Basevi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Aroldo, first performed in August 1857 at Rimini. The opera is nothing more than a reshuffled Stiffelio. Verdi made changes in the plot and the music due to the difficulties created by censorship and by the bad public reception of Stiffelio. The main alteration in the plot was that the priest Stiffelio became the warrior Aroldo. With regard to the music, some things from Stiffelio were preserved in Aroldo and others were changed or added.

Keywords:   Verdi, opera, Italian composers, Stiffelio

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