Libretto: I Vespri Siciliani Libretto I vespri siciliani) is an opéra in five acts by the Italian romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi set to a French libretto by Charles. I vespri siciliani, grand opera in five acts. Libretto by Augustin Eugène Scribe and Charles Duveyrier, based on their libretto Le duc d’Albe. Sheet Music – £ – Giuseppe Verdi – I Vespri Siciliani Libretto English/Italian (G Schirmer’s Collection of Opera Librettos series).

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Libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi. Ariadne auf Naxos, Oper with a prologue and one act. Music composed by Richard Strauss.

I Vespri Siciliani

Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. I vespri sicilianigrand opera in five acts. Live performance, 16 NovemberTorino. Music composed by Giuseppe Verdi — It was taken up by Donizetti in ; however, he never completed the work.

The original libretto was set in during a Flemish insurrection against the Duke of Alba, the governor of Flanders. The French would have been more familiar with and sympathetic to this important event that laid the groundwork for the Kingdom of Two Sicilies.

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Unhappy with heavy taxes and the relocation of the capital to Naples, the Sicilians revolted in The French garrison was annihilated. Charles’ efforts to regain Sicily were repulsed. Meanwhile, the Byzantine Emperor allied with Aragon, thereby preventing a Latin attack upon Constantinople and diverting Papal attention away from the Crusade.

Ironically, the Kingdom of Sicily with its capital in Naples continued on, even though the island of Sicily was no longer within its control. InAlphonso V of Aragon conquered Naples and reunited the two kingdoms.


The duchess Elena is in mourning for her brother Federigo d’Austria who sciiliani been executed as a traitor. A French soldier, Roberto, obliges her to sing.

With her song, she enflames the hearts of the Sicilians and a fight begins with the French. The French governor Guido di Monforte intervenes and establishes calm.

Then he interrogates a young Sicilian, Arrigo, who had been talking with the widow, and forbids further contacts with the sicillani, suspected of being a revolutionary.

But Arrigo manages to meet her anyway. In a valley near Palermo Giovanni da Procida, who had been exiled but has returned clandestinely, Elena and Arrigo meet.

I Vespri Siciliani Libretto English/Italian (G Schirmer’s Collection of Opera Librettos series)

Giovanni announces that Pietro d’Aragona plans eiciliani intervene in Sicilini if an insurrection starts. Arrigo declares his love to Elena: Monforte, in his study, learns from a letter from a woman he had seduced, that Arrigo is his son. He summons the young man and tells him: Arrigo is perturbed, sensing that he will lose Elena. That evening there is a masked ball.

Giovanni da Isciliani tells Arrigo that plans are ready to kill Guido di Monforte; Arrigo defends his father and the conspirators are arrested. Giovanni da Procida and Elena have been taken prisoner to the fortress.

Arrigo goes to them and justifies his actions: Elena confirms her love for him, and Giovanni reveals that the arms for the insurrection are being siiciliani. Monforte, in the meantime, devises a way to blackmail Arrigo: Arrigo gives in, the prisoners are freed, and the governor announces an amnesty for the marriage of his son with Elena. She is unsure at this point whether to accept, but Giovanni da Procida urges her to go along with it: In the gardens of the palace the wedding feast is starting.

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Elena is singing, When Giovanni da Procida tells her that at the peal of the bells the attack will be launched. The woman draws back, afraid; Arrigo librettl dismayed. Guido da Monforte cannot understand what is happening, he sees only that the wedding is in danger.

To start the ceremonies, he has the bells rung. The opera ends with the invasion of the gardens by the rebels, the start of the insurrection.

Giuseppe Verdi—il sito ufficiale]. Click here for the complete libretto Italian.

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Prima la musica e poi le parole Divertimento teatrale in one act. I vespri siciliani I vespri sicilianigrand opera in five acts.

Streaming Audio Giuseppe Verdi: I vespri siciliani Windows Media Player. Giuseppe Sicliani sito ufficiale] Click here for the complete libretto Italian.

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