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Les vêpres siciliennes / original version

I vespri siciliani


  • Opera in 5 acts, Italian
  • Libretto Eugenio Caimi (first translated from French by Arnaldo Fusinato)
  • Opera was first known as Giovanna de Guzman, then as Batilda di Turenne when seen by Verdi in Naples in January 1858. After the unification of Italy in 1860, it could be performed with its present title, I vespri Siciliani.
  • Time: 1282. Place: Palermo, Italy.
  • Premiere Teatro Regio, Parma, 26 December 1855

s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/88/00/aa/b9/5344484bade3fb9e/fdg_original.jpgA scene from the Italian version of the opera. (Lithograph by Roberto Focosi)

s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/ba/92/59/30/5344484bb14b0175/jjhjh_original.jpgDrouet pierced and killed by the sword, by Sicilian Vespers by Francesco Hayez. Rome, National Gallery of Modern Art.

s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/a0/a9/12/40/5344484bade4deba/cvcv_original.jpgPainting of the Vespers, probably according to the opera's final act.




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