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Richard Osborne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.001.0001

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Milan and Venice (1813–1814):

Milan and Venice (1813–1814):

Aureliano in Palmira, Il turco in Italia, Sigismondo

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(p.216) Chapter twenty-four Milan and Venice (1813–1814):
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Rossini
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Richard Osborne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0024

The three operas Gioachino Rossini wrote before his departure for Naples in 1815 includes one of his rare failures, Sigismondo, and two operas, Aureliano in Palmira and Il turco in Italia, which displeased the Milanese but won appreciative audiences elsewhere. Aureliano in Palmira is the only opera Rossini wrote with a castrato, Giovan Battista Velluti, in a principal role. It was to Il turco in Italia that the sophisticated and widely read Romani turned for his second collaboration with Rossini in Milan in 1814, borrowing and modifying Caterino Mazzolà’s text for a libretto which (with what was possibly an excess of modesty) he once again declined to claim as his own. Rossini’s last pre-Naples score, Sigismondo, has suffered greater and largely understandable neglect.

Keywords:   Gioachino Rossini, Naples, operas, Sigismondo, Giovan Battista Velluti, Milan, Caterino Mazzolà

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