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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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Giovanna D’Arco

Giovanna D’Arco

(p.69) 5 Giovanna D’Arco
The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Abramo Basevi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes Verdi's Giovanna d'Arco, first performed in February 1845 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. It presents a summary of the libretto by Solera, which was taken from the miraculous tale of the shepherdess of Domrémy. The significant difference between the fantastic and the supernatural is also explained, for the benefit of writers interested in these genres. Both careful study of the score and the public's reception of the opera show that it was inferior to the four that preceded it.

Keywords:   Verdi, opera, Italian composers, Solera, libretto, fantastic, supernatural

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