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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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A Lost Masterpiece and a Forgotten Favourite:

A Lost Masterpiece and a Forgotten Favourite:

Ermione and Ricciardo e Zoraide

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(p.271) Chapter Thirty -Two A Lost Masterpiece and a Forgotten Favourite:
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Richard Osborne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0032

For more than a century and a half Ricciardo e Zoraide and Ermione were the forgotten operas of Gioachino Rossini’s Naples years. The neglect of Ermione was as sudden as it was extraordinary. Confirmed as the lost masterpiece a handful of scholars and writers had claimed it to be, it was widely revived in the 1990s. The case of Ricciardo e Zoraide is less extreme. A fine but less radical and in some respects less obviously revivable work, it was written in the autumn of 1818, shortly before Ermione, at the midway point in Rossini’s Neapolitan career. It was much liked at its prima and played regularly throughout Europe until the late 1830s. Thereafter, a lack of recognizable characters with which later generations of opera-goers could identify, and what was said to be an incomprehensible plot, pushed it to the fringes of the repertory.

Keywords:   Ermione, operas, Gioachino Rossini, Naples, masterpiece, Europe

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